A thoughtful reworking of the river will mean letting the river be
Instead of repeatedly failing in attempting to build livable cities and making a mess of the environment, it is worth addressing the real needs of the rural populations desperately seeking to move out, deserting villages, orphaning farms and abandoning traditional occupations.
All 3 pillars that sustain life in India ; of Land availability, water availability and clean air availability are crumbling and crumbling fast. If the situation continues unabated for some more years we may see a start of population collapse and/or mass migration as a nature’s way of correcting balance.
The case of Ganga river dolphins stand apart because of two reasons one, it is the national water animal of India and second, its conservation being directly related to Cleaning of river Ganga.
The new government needs to act on a war footing and identify priorities immediately after inception. The economy, education, health, agriculture and unemployment will form the barometer to evaluate the next government.
The issues of communalism, criminalization of politics and other spheres of life, regionalism, poverty, hunger, homelessness and all the others need to be taken up for their solutions and resolutions.
The crisis in Kerala and the impact it would have on its people in the aftermath of the floods