Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Dying River - Lack of Water in the Ganges affects Electricity Production !

The Ganges and Brahmaputra are called the "living" rivers because they are never supposed to die, as they flow from the melting glaciers of the Himalayas. The rivers are also life-giving to millions of small farmers who live and work along the thousands of kilometers these rivers and their innumerable branches inundate. The State of West Bengal in the eastern part of India is reeling under severe power shortage due to deficit in production of electricity which is directly related to lack of water that is available on the Ganges which is the largest feeder for the number of thermal power stations that lie across the state. So, the number of hours of power-cuts is increasing each day with temperature soaring high. 

The depleting Gangetic glaciers which is losing about two sq.km. (1.3 sq.mile) each year is clearly due to global warming and environmental degradation. If we do not save the planet soon, the days of Gangetic desert may not be far away. I would not like to be apocalyptic. It is just a warning bell for all of us.

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