Tuesday, May 1, 2018

My City My Responsibility - River revival

Dear All, 


Wetland patch in Mutha riverbed showing good fish and bird diversity
The above image is of the wetland patch that is seen near the mhatre bridge and which should be preserved as mentioned in my last blog. 

With reference to the comments that I have received in my last blog, I would like to say that, yes we need river rejuvenation program and not river development. But what does river rejuvenation or revival means. Rejuvenation or revival simply means restoration of river to its original form. 

In case of our rivers which smelled of fishes as per one of the comments, which means getting back the same water quality that is suitable for aquatic life in the rivers. With the riverfront development plan happening we as citizens should advocate for the quality of water in our rivers such that it can allow fishes to thrive and supply potable water for all. Such services provided by rivers are also known as ecosystem services. We shall see more about in the next blog. 

Pournima Agarkar.

5 comments:

Richard Kpehe said...

Thank you Pournima, nice gesture. We as citizens must embrace such idea to keep our rivers clean. We must also realize that these very rivers are not only supporting million of lives within them but also supplying us with drinking water as well. On the other hand, we must also take into account the restoration and the protection of wetlands since they in fact serve as the kidney of the earth.

Richard Kpehe said...

Thank you Pournima, nice gesture. We as citizens must embrace such idea to keep our rivers clean. We must also realize that these very rivers are not only supporting million of lives within them but also supplying us with drinking water as well. On the other hand, we must also take into account the restoration and the protection of wetlands since they in fact serve as the kidney of the earth.

Satish Pradhan said...

Well done purnima!!!

Dinesh Hipparkar said...

Good positive and reassuring approach.

Some questions
1. Is this wetland isolated?
2. If not, what is fine line of boundary ?
3. Are water test results available for this patch , and do that show some deviation.?
4. What could be possible mitigation measures for revival ?

Sorry for these questions, but pointers for taking this good thing logically forward..

Pournima Agarkar said...

Thank you everyone!

Dinesh,

This is an isolated wetland, people dont know about it since it is difficult to go there and probably thats also the reason it is preserved and no tests have been conducted in that patch. However, I am talking about it, because I want the riverfront development plan to carefully assess such ecosensitive patches and undertake a river revival instead of development.