There are several hindrances when someone resolute to maintain Local water bodies.Few of them are:
Lack of Correct Data: Large numbers of water bodies in India are unmarked and the correct data of their existence in a particular district or state is unavailable as their census has never been conducted.
Lack of effective institutional framework: The negligence and the weak monitoring of the water bodies by the concern and the responsible authorities is a prime reason for the consistent deterioration of the water bodies in their effective areas. Complete lack of synergy, strategy and coordination among the implementing agencies has downgraded the state of the water bodies.
Lack of acknowledgement of a water body as a land use category: Very often redundant or dried water body lands are used or sold to greedy builders and constructions are made. A case of Tamil Nadu where there was a demand of regularization of dried water bodies, which was later turned down by the court.
Lack of awareness and people’s participation: Realization of the importance of local water bodies is going down in people. Unlike our ancestors who had ponds or wells attached to the temple or the house which were their primitive method of water conservation, today’s generation knows little about and is least bothered to conserve water bodies. Unfortunately, most of the policies of the government do not urge local people in their conservation.Lack of Consensus among the stakeholders: Bringing diverse groups of people together to arrive at a consensus to solve common problems like the protection and management of water bodies is a big challenge. Different Local organizations, welfare associations, activist groups, political organizations and government agencies have very different ideologies, agendas and views. This difference of opinion often makes protection and management of common resources difficult.
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Encroachments in India have become a frequent scenario. Private builders are sold the lands of ponds,lakes,rivulets and other water bodies and are later developed into construction sites. Unfair trade of unsalable land and negligence towards environmental norms have lead to the ecological disturbance. The water table is going down. Now with the bodies like High Court who serve justice are alleged of encroaching ponds. To whom should people lay their faith upon?
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