The monsoon might have been slightly delayed this year but it certainly hasn't been dry. With recurrent and heavy downpour these past days, rain has wreaked havoc again. Who would have imagined that adding water to a river would prove to be more dangerous than adding fuel to the fire! Yamuna river has crossed the danger mark and things might get out of control if immediate steps are not taken.
The Yamuna is not just any river, it is a holy river with a mythological history. But it can only stay true to its holy character if we direct our efforts towards managing the water level of this river. Humans have built dams that not only hold water but also generate electricity. There is nothing really that we can't do.
This time rather than finding faults or playing the blame game, it important that the government takes measure to avoid similar circumstances from occurring again. We can not simply sit in the face of a calamity, we need to start looking for solutions and implement them as soon as possible.
Considering our condition, immediate steps are a necessity. Precautionary measures are a must. Year after year, the drainage system disappoints us as the roads get waterlogged and the traffic comes to a standstill. It doesn't just stop there, in a Noida locality, the water caused a road to break down, with a huge crack appearing in the midst. The residents around that area have all been requested to relocate for their safety. Imagine what could happen if an entire river goes rogue!
The standard of living has vastly improved over the years. But what about these constant risks that we face? The man has tempered a lot with the environment over the years because of which the distinction line between natural disasters and man-made disasters has blurred over the years. While rain is a natural phenomenon, the concrete jungles that we have built which prevent the water from seeping in, are not. It is the duty of the government to manage, direct and distribute the river flow to give a sense of security not only to its present citizens but also the future generations.
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