Currently, India is facing the worst water crisis in history, and it seems like the situation is not getting better any time soon. It is estimated that 21 cities are likely to run out of groundwater by 2020. The situation is so devastating that around 200,000 Indians die each year due to lack of access to clean water. According to The Niti Aayog report, around 163 million out of India population of 1.3 billion have no access to clean water. While the government is struggling to solve this crisis, there are citizens who take matters into their own hands.
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26-year old Ramveer Tanwar is taking the effort to revive dead lakes in India
Before and after photos of one of the ponds Tanwar helped to revive
Tanwar, an engineer from Dadha village in Greater Noida, noticed that there are many disappearing waterbodies in his area. Many of those lakes dried up because of pollution and neither the government nor citizens have taken any action to prevent this from happening. Tanwar, who understands the water scarcity problem very well, tried to tackle this issue since he was am an engineering student.
Back then he was campaigning to educate villagers on the importance of water conservation. He believed that by teaching people, the situation could get better. “Due to lack of awareness, people in the village would waste water incessantly. They are doing this out of ignorance. Fining them for this is not a solution,” he told The logical Indian.
However, Tanwar made the most impact on solving the issue, when in addition to talking to villagers, he decided to team up with them and began reviving dead waterbeds around the district. Since he began this initiative in 2014, Tanwar has organized the cleaning of 12 ponds and lakes, helping villagers regain access to water supply.
Tanwar has not only been praised for his actions in India, but he’s also gaining attention all over the world, for showing an example of taking action to solve important issues.