BANGALORE: Water activists have urged the State government and the BWSSB to look at natural resources like lakes to solve the water crisis.
The Environment Wing of the YMCA initiated the Save Bangalore Movement with ‘Conserve to Survive’ as their main theme. “Rainwater harvesting needs to be made mandatory and the offenders should be punished. Further, the government should look at linking all the rivers like Krishna, Tungabhadra, Cauvery and others for the benefit of the people,” said Chitra Magimairaj, World Women’s Billiards Champion unveiling the theme of the movement.
Around 200 students participated in the event and eco badges were released and distributed by Pramodini Narendranath, Chairman, Environment and Youth issue Committee, YMCA.
“More than 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water and yet we overuse it. Around 272 million school days are missed by children due to water-borne diseases all over the world. Each day, 9,000 children throughout the world die due to consuming contaminated water. The Central, State government and NGOs are striving towards providing clean and portable water to different communities. Awareness needs to be created among school and college students and people in urban slums and rural areas,” she said.
Observing the World Water Day at M G Road, the students held placards urging public to save water.