A couple of days ago, I was reading this article about the severity of China’s Water crisis. The Week, or Business World, can’t remember exactly which one. Made for rather grim reading. Apparently, the Yellow River is now just over half it’s size. I remember reading in my Geography books when I was at school that the Yellow River (Huang Ho) was called The Sorrow of China because it flooded so much and so often. How ironical, that.
The article also mentioned that the Indian Defence circles are already concerned that China might be looking at building dams in Tibet (which is where almost all the Indian rivers flowing up north originate), and divert these rivers. God forbid, if something like that does happen. As it is, we seem incapable of resolving our inter-state water disputes. China damming the Brahmaputra and the Ganges is the last thing we need.
Probably Vandana Shiva was right about “Water Wars”. I think I will see one before I touch 40.
As an aside, I also have this “conspiracy theory” that one reason the state govt. has been dragging it’s feet on the Banerghata Road repairs is because they want the residents there to agree to the Rs. 10,000 or so per family required to pay for the partially World Bank funded Rs. 500 crore Kaveri water supply project. The municipality even got Ramesh Ramanathan(of Janagraha) to come down & address the resident association representatives once, but that didn’t work. As of now, none of the resident associations have agreed to that, I think.