Reboot Water

Reboot Water

Kolkata has several water bodies in and around the city, not to mention the mighty river Ganga, that flows near it. None of us living in Kolkata should be denied access to clean water. Kolkata has several water bodies in and around the city, not to mention the mighty Ganges flowing by it. However, most of the water used by the city comes from groundwater and not surface water. Due to the mismanagement and lack of initiative by the municipal corporation, Kolkata is dangerously close to facing a groundwater crisis.

The private players are all patronised by elected officials ensuring they make money in the process. South Kolkata, in particular, is on the edge of a water crisis and the wealthier buildings pump their own water from the ground. Due to this, the poorer population, who cannot afford these services, are left helpless. In summers, the residents of Kolkata have to pay KMC tankers for water delivery quite often, ensuring that the common man lines up the pockets of the municipal corporation, to access basic facilities.
Over and above this, there are areas in the city such as Madhusudhankati, which have critically high levels of arsenic in it. According to School of Environmental Studies of Jadavpur University, nearly 55% of the city’s groundwater has “high levels” of arsenic compared to the World Health Organisation standard. The same situation is prevailing from years till today. Time for us to collectively raise our voice. For the sake of our fellow citizens who are denied a voice. For the sake of our children and the generation after. For the sake of Kolkata.

Kolkata has several water bodies in and around the city, not to mention the mighty river Ganga, that flows near it. None of us living in Kolkata should be denied access to clean water. Kolkata has several water bodies in and around the city, not to mention the mighty Ganges flowing by it. However, most of the water used by the city comes from groundwater and not surface water. Due to the mismanagement and lack of initiative by the municipal corporation, Kolkata is dangerously close to facing a groundwater crisis.

The private players are all patronised by elected officials ensuring they make money in the process. South Kolkata, in particular, is on the edge of a water crisis and the wealthier buildings pump their own water from the ground. Due to this, the poorer population, who cannot afford these services, are left helpless. In summers, the residents of Kolkata have to pay KMC tankers for water delivery quite often, ensuring that the common man lines up the pockets of the municipal corporation, to access basic facilities.
Over and above this, there are areas in the city such as Madhusudhankati, which have critically high levels of arsenic in it. According to School of Environmental Studies of Jadavpur University, nearly 55% of the city’s groundwater has “high levels” of arsenic compared to the World Health Organisation standard. The same situation is prevailing from years till today. Time for us to collectively raise our voice. For the sake of our fellow citizens who are denied a voice. For the sake of our children and the generation after. For the sake of Kolkata.

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