Mumbai: To make people aware of an impending water crisis and motivate them to save water, a television channel has launched what it calls Mission Paani. The campaign ambassador of Mission Paani is Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. He described this campaign of News18 as historic and appealed to the people to save water.
Amitabh Bachchan, the legendary actor, said, “If there is water, there is a tomorrow. Think what will happen if the water runs out tomorrow? We are scared thinking about this. Saving water is not the responsibility of any government or organisation alone, but of every human being. Every person has to contribute to this campaign”.
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Bachchan said that such a big campaign sent a good message across the country. He said that it took eight years to eradicate polio from the country. It was not an easy task. Now we are connected with the mission of saving water. Will be successful in this also.
Big B shared with the audience some ways to save water. He requested everybody to use water minimally in the bathroom as far as possible. We can save a lot of water by taking it from a bucket instead of the shower.
Mission Paani ambassador Amitabh Bachchan appealed to the people to reduce the use of water. He said, “Almost every person spends 140 buckets of water every year. We need to reduce it. Because if there is water, there is a tomorrow.”
India facing the most serious water crisis so far
India is facing the most serious water crisis ever. Around 600 million people in the country are struggling with the problem of drinking water. According to the Niti Aayog report, nearly 2 lakh people lose their lives every year due to lack of clean water.
The NITI Aayog report states that, by 2030, the demand for water in the country will double the available water distribution. Which means that a serious water crisis will be created for crores of people and a 6% decrease in the country’s GDP will be seen. The report said further that India ranked 120th among 122 countries in the Water Quality Index with about 70% of polluted water.
Mission Paani: Who said what at the launch
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union minister for Jal Shakti:
“Behavioural change is the most difficult. But the success that we obtained in the Swachh Bharat Mission… on the shoulder of that success, the entire country is full of self-confidence and I am confident that we will be successful in this campaign as well.”
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath:
“In rural areas, we have provided more irrigation facilities… alternate ways of using water that tends to flow from taps or pumps. This is a campaign for saving life. Van hai toh jal hai, jal hai toh kal hai (If there are forests, there’s water, and if there’s water, there’s a tomorrow) Water conservation is for a secure future.”
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
“Water budgeting by villagers has led to some relief during the drought.”
Spiritual guru Jaggi Vasudev:
“This land, this water, this world is not just for the human beings, there are other lives also… there is an ecosystem across the subcontinent, if this river water does not go into the ocean, the marine water will start coming into the land.”
According to a recent NITI Aayog report, 21 Indian cities will run out of groundwater by 2020.