Water resources are shrinking constantly and it has become a major issue around the country. As per the reports, India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history. The reports further revealed that metro cities like Delhi and Bangalore could completely run out of groundwater by the next two years (2020).
Even after being aware of such terrible circumstances which are likely to appear in future, nothing much has been done to control the situation. However, there one man who has taken it upon himself to do something about it.
A man named Ramveer Tanwar hailing from Dadha village in Greater Noida was moved by the plight of lakes. He began with the cleaning and rejuvenation process of the lakes. Tanwar works as an engineer in an MNC and has been reviving lakes and ponds since 2014.
Ramveer told a leading website, “There are two cities in Gautam Buddha Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh – Noida and Greater Noida. There were more than 200 lakes in Noida and right now there are officially absolutely no lakes in the city. The situation in Greater Noida is slightly better as the lakes here have not gone obsolete but they are in extremely bad condition.”
“Last year in Dabra village, we tried reviving a lake by removing all its waste. Many of the villagers came ahead to help. Some of them worked with us, some offered us tools and equipment. We even contacted the forest department which provided us with plants to be planted around the lake. Right now, the trees we have planted there are flourishing.”
Ramveer’s observation said the process of underground water charging was getting hampered due to a lot of plastic was dumped directly into these lakes.
“We then devised a simple double filtration system. So any water entering the lakes would have to pass through a mesh of wooden planks and then a mesh of grass.”
“We understand it is not a one time job. So, we have told the fishermen there that we will clean the lakes for them, but the responsibility of maintaining it would rest on their shoulders.”
Ramveer considers environmentalist Vikrant Tongad his inspiration and has been passionate about the environment since he was pursuing B.Tech. “When I was young, my friends and I would play around in the ponds and lakes. But as the time passed, all of these water bodies have vanished. The ones which have survived were observed to be in extremely bad condition. The quality and the level of groundwater has also gone down considerably.”
This is really a great step taken by Ramveer! Hats off!