“M” in #AtoZChallenge
Mahanadi is one of the important Rivers in the central east of India. The river traverses across the states of Orissa, Chhatisgarh, and Jharkhand. The length of the river is 559 miles or 900 km. The river has a catchment basin of approximately 132,100 km2.
When you have a river passing through multiple boundaries, it is set to get into trouble, issues, and mainly political problems. Same is with the Mahanadi river too. Yes, Odisha and Chhattisgarh have locked their horns over the distribution of Mahanadi river water.
Due to the dams constructed by the Chattisgarh government, Odisha has been complaining about the reduced flow of water at the Hirakud reservoir. In my personal opinion each government constructs a dam or other projects to help the people and farmers in that state. This may not be wrong.
But this could have a side impact of affecting the downstream states. In a country like India with so many rivers all over the places, we still have water scarcity. Why?
On top of this, pollution is a major concern for most of the rivers across India. For Mahanadi river its mainly coming from the impact of coal mines, thermal power plants and other surrounding industries. Unfortunately, this is the price we need to pay for the developments.
Do I campaign for “No to Development?”
A big NO. What is needed is not to stop development, but to follow sustainable development. What we need is not just Software Engineering, but also Water Engineering. People who can understand the science behind these water, how it could get affected for what we people do in the name of development.
Most of the water-related problem we face today is not because of a shortage of water, but because of the absence of knowledge and policies that make use of the water optimally. We are in strong need of interlinking different rivers here. I know some have mentioned that redirecting the course of a river is against the very nature of it flow.
My theme for the April 2019 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the rivers, mostly from India. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here. Interested to know my next destination starting with letter N? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
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