Jun 17, 2015
"The impact of climate change is very severe on the aquatic life of Narmada," says social activist Anil Madhav Dave.
New Delhi/Bhopal: Rajya Sabha MP and social activist Anil Madhav Dave in an interview with OneWorld South Asia tells that the water level in river Narmada has reduced to an alarming level.
Dave, who undertook an eighteen-day raft journey in River Narmada during the year 2007, from Amarkantak to Bharuch, said that at least fifty types of fish that existed earlier are now extinct. “The impact of climate change is very severe on the aquatic life of Narmada. I got this understanding of the loss after talking to tribal people during my ‘chaupal’ meetings with them in villages around the river.
Defining a river by just the water flowing between the two banks is a very narrow definition as in the true sense, the entire catchment area is a river,” he said. Dave explained how the decrease in the number of fish is making fishermen work harder as they have begun to fish during the night also. “I have seen their small boats in the river even at midnight. This has happened only because of climate change. Both the quantity and quality of fish has gone down,” he explained.
Dave also shared that the water level has reduced to an alarming level. “The water level in Narmada in the month of November 2014 has been what it usually is in the month of May and June. I wonder what will happen during the summer. Trees and mountains form the bank of the river where the rainy water gets stored. It is this water which seeps into the river and forms the actual catchment area of the river. But human activities have had a severe impact on this catchment area. Because of this, during the rainy season there are floods but otherwise the river does not have enough water,” he said.