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Leaving nothing behind

 Joe Burton

The theme of World Water Day is ‘leaving no one behind’. It means ensuring sustainable development and progress for all. India’s 80% surface water is polluted. Most of sewerage water is drained into rivers causing water pollution, making it unsafe for human consumption. Encroachments have left these depreciated. In respect of area of  water bodies and lengths of water courses, Kashmir has no match in Himalayas. Water is most plentiful in low-lying areas, while Karewas upland suffer from aridity. It is an anomaly-scarcity of water in the midst of plenty. Due to absence of proper water management, water is not used judiciously. Lakes- Dal, Wullar, Mansbal are in bad condition and even high altitude lakes are not exception to pollution. Moreover Kashmir has been going through catastrophic climate changes. Erratic snowfall and scanty rainfall have put our agriculture in jeopardy. Keeping in view the situation, we should make a resolve to safeguard our water resources.

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Conflicted Economy of Kashmir

A conflict, interstate or intrastate, does affect economy, destroying resources, causing deficit in supply of goods and violence causes significant loss because of less production and instability in market, writes S. Shamin. According to him, the total forest area of the state had been 20.23 lakh hectares. Since insurgency started in 1989, timber smuggling witnessed a spurt and valley lost more than 59 sq miles of forest land. The water bodies and main rivers Jhelum, Chenab, Tawi, Indus have also suffered damages, because the absence of an efficient system of waste disposal. Tourism sector has suffered badly.

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