India is hailed as a Water Adequate Nation. An extensive web of rivers is spread throughout the length and breadth of the country to sustain life.
Despite that, as per unofficial statistics, a woman in the rural area walks an average of 1400 kilometres a year to fetch water. The country is paying heavily for poor management of water resources and glitches in implementation of law.
Water bodies have nurtured civilisations for decades, and religion is intricately designed to nurture it in return. Yet, the same water body, which is believed to be a ‘mother’ and is worshipped, is left to die a slow death.
In the capital, New Delhi, the water of the Yamuna river has been declared unfit for usage. Yet people continue to depend on it for their sustenance. As per official statistics, 25% of drinking water supplied through various channels is lost in distribution.
In parts of the country the water levels have gone so low that it is not possible to restore their levels any more.
‘The Dying Life line’ documents the life around water bodies, human insensitivity towards them and how in the course of faith it is destroyed. Is its extinction, in essence, imminent?