A rather different post from me, today. This time I am requesting everyone’s help to save the lake in the Indian hill station town of Nainital.
I was alerted to this by fellow blogger Rajiv Chopra, who has the link to the petition on his Facebook page, but for those who have not seen it, the link is also here: Save Nainital
I have a special affection for Nainital, as I visited it in 2005 and only discovered afterwards that my father had also visited it during WWII when he was stationed in India. I have a couple of previous blog posts on Nainital which, if you are interested, you can find by searching my blog – I’m not putting up the links, since the purpose of this post is to garner signatures for the petition.
My father on Naini Tal
My first view of Nainital in 2005, having just stepped (groggily!) off of the overnight bus from Delhi.
So, what’s it all about? Simply, the lake is drying out. The causes for this are complex, but apparently high on the list is the simple fact that more water is being taken out by users in the town than the natural rainfall can replenish. Many trees are being felled to make way for too much construction – this increases the water run-off, and means even less water is retained in the ground.
Please click on the link; all the information is there – much more than I have written here. Again, it is here: Save Nainital
There are also many articles on this subject on the web, especially those by the premier Indian newspapers. Please sign.