`Nations need to join hands to resolve water woes`

Last Updated: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 15:54

New Delhi: Warning that water disputes
could lead to another World War, former Chief Justice JS Verma Friday said countries sharing the same ecology should forget boundaries and join hands to resolve issues related to
natural resources.

"For quite some time it is being said, I hope it`s not
believed, that the World War-3 would take place over water
disputes. Now when people have even started thinking in this
fashion that shows the possibility of such conflict and also
the significance of water.

"It has now become necessary to focus on finding
alternatives to avoid what is being apprehended," Verma said
addressing a conference on `River Waters: Perspectives and
Challenges for Asia` here.

The former CJI said that it was in the "common
interest" of the countries in the region to formulate,
propagate, and devise non-violent alternatives for resolving
water disputes.

Asked about how India could go about to resolve its water
disputes with its neighbours, Verma said, "It`s time when
the countries that share same ecology shared more information
on water issues and forgot the boundaries so far as natural
resources are concerned.

"Because nature doesn`t know any boundaries, it is the
politics that divides," he said.

Isabel Hilton, Editor of China Dialogue, an
independent, non-profit organisation, said that despite the
abundant evidence of growing scarcity and uncertainty, people
continue to waste the region`s water "on truly breathtaking
scale.

"Nearly half of Delhi`s water runs to waste. In
Afghanistan, as much as 77 per cent water is lost due to bad
maintenance and collapsing infrastructure. In Central Asia
nearly 80 per cent water is being wasted. It could have
serious consequences for all of us," Hilton said.

She said though the countries have got technical means
to take corrective measures for preserving the natural
resource, it is not happening due to lack of political will
and foresight.

PTI



First Published: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 15:54

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