Ministry of water resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Central Ground Water Board is conducting it’s 3r national level essay competition on water-related issues for the year 2017-18. The aim of this essay competition is to spread awareness among Indian youth about water conservation and prevention of water pollution. The topic for essay competition is “Swachh Jal Swachh Bharat“. Here we are giving you a sample essay with our thoughts. I suggest you guys not to copy this essay, that will forfeit the goal of the competition itself. Instead, read it, take an overall idea and build your own essay or speech version. Add your own thoughts, solutions to it.
Essay on Swachh Jal Swachh Bharat – English
Life started from water, our body is made up of 60% of water. Brain and heart of adult human composed of 73% water. Our planet has 70% of water. Water is very important for human existence. Though there no option available for it and we know it is available in limited quantity but still we waste it, pollute it. It is like we are destroying our life source with our own hands.
In the future water is going to be a scares resource. If we don’t act now, our grandchildren might kill each for water. We, humans, have created this problem and we can solve it too. We need to conserve water and we should prevent it from pollution. We, collectively and individually need to get habits, rules, and policies which will help solve the future and in some areas imminent water crisis.
Here are the solution we can opt for conserving water
First and most important thing is that we need to make best of what is available to us. We have dams, lakes, rivers but we pollute them with industrial waste, sewers. We need to have strict actions and renewed policies for those who pollute water bodies.
In India, rivers are so badly pullulated that water from it not drinkable, and not even good for other uses. It contains poisonous chemicals, minerals which makes it unusable for human and animal consumption. A big rural population lives by rivers, we are endangering their health with the pollution.
Along with policies, rules, actions, and penalties; we need to take individual efforts too. It is not the government’s responsibility only, we also need to perform our duties. We blame the administration for problems but the reality is that we are also part of it and to solve this both needs to work together. We should not throw garbage, plastic in rivers, we should use water wisely. Societies and colonies should opt for rainwater harvesting. We can solve this problem only if government and citizens come together.
Rain Water Harvesting
India is a tropical country where we get a good amount of rain in the monsoon. Most of the water just run away to sea. Rainwater harvesting is a good strategy with which we can increase the groundwater table. In this method, we collect the rainwater from terraces, rooftops to one place and let it absorb in the ground. If this is done by all, within few year groundwater level will increase and that water can be pumped with wells and borewells. We can also store this water and use for different purposes too.
There is another technique called Paan-Lot in which rainwater flow is obstructed with different small and big structures. This slows down the rainwater which generally runs off to the river and then empties into the sea. This provides more time for water to get absorbed in the ground which helps to raise groundwater level. Because of this grass, plants will flourish in that area which in return hold soil and obstruct water and help it to get absorbed in the ground.
Maharashtra’s drought-prone region is an excellent example of the paan-lot system. Bollywood film star Aamir Khan, his Satyamev Jayate team, Paani Foundation, and other experts came together and introduced a Water Cup. It is competition between drought-prone villages, in which different villages compete with each other to conserve rainwater with paan lot techniques. No funds are given
to these villages they need to do it themselves, popularly it is called as “Shram Daan”, this project is not only conserving water but mending the bond between villagers.
It is an age-old technique used by our ancestors, such solutions, mechanism are available which can help us to solve the water crisis. But we need to have people participate in it to work. Celebrities who enjoys massive fan following and brand value can help spread the message. Celebrities like Aamir Khan, Nana Patekar, Makarand Anaspure taking an active part in the solution. We need to appreciate and join such efforts.
As we said earlier, India is a tropical country and most of part of India see a good amount of rain, thus we have good rivers coverage too. But a lot of rivers doesn’t flow a year around. Rainwater runs down through rivers in 3 to 4 months after that river dries up.
We need to rejuvenate dried up rivers. Social initiatives like “Save Rivers” from Isha foundation should be appreciated and implemented. If we rejuvenate the existing rivers a big set of a population will get the water for use. Ganga is the biggest and most revered river in India. It is considered as a goddess too but we have polluted it beyond imagination. Million of people from Delhi to West Bengal live by this river, if we cleaned and made it pollution free, it will provide not just water but a lively hood for millions of people who live by the river. We have seen the Indian government have a separate ministry for this work, this is a good initiative and needs to be implemented.
The Indian government is framing an ambitious plan to link selected Indian rivers. Under which excess water from one river will be diverted to other areas which don’t have good rainfall. It is a geologically risky plan, the government needs to consider all pros and cons. But if river linking works as planned it will benefit millions of people directly and indirectly. While doing so, the government should consider and find solutions to preserve water life and surrounding ecology.
Water Bodies and river beautification
We need to clean existing clogged water bodies like lakes, dams, ponds, wells so that it collects and saves more water. We also need to do river beatification like Sabarmati riverfront, it will increase awareness and people will acknowledge the importance of rivers and water conservation.
We also need to build more dams, it increases water storage and also helps to create electricity which is also a big problem in India. But the government needs to consider all environmental, ecological impacts while building dams. People should also support dams, we should not oppose government initiatives for sake of the political game.
Water Distribution and Repairs
We don’t have a good water distribution network. We see a huge loss of water when a water pipe breaks. We should have predefined, well-regulated procedures and equipment to fix the problems as early as possible.
Water is the base of life, its where life is started. We can survive with the underperforming economy, basic infrastructure, and absence of social media but we cannot survive without water. We need to acknowledge the importance of water and take part in government initiatives to solve the problem. We also need to take individual efforts too. This looming water crisis is created by us and we can solve it too, but it will be possible only if government and people come together.
Note: Kindly note that this sample essay on Swachh Jal Swachh Bharat is not of 1500 words. You can add more lines in each subtopic to extend essay length. 1500 word is a maximum limit not minimum, do not just feed words to get to 1500 words, keep it crisp and to the point.
Here are some important things you should know about the essay competition.
- Essay Topic – Swachh Jal Swachh Bharat
- Competition is open to all in the age group up to 18 years.
- Aadhaar is compulsory for all participants.
- Each participant should submit only one essay entry. An essay should not exceed 1500 words.
- The competition will be held in two phases.
- Last date for essay submission – 31/12/2017
- All other detailed information kindly visit: CGWBB.gov.in
This essay is in English, if you looking for Hindi version then follow the link स्वच्छ जल स्वच्छ भारत – हिंदी निबंध. Let us know if you need Hindi version. We would like to invite volunteers who can translate it into other Indian languages like Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Oriya etc. Let us know if you can help us out here.