Rejuvenate the Godavari River

Rejuvenate the Godavari River

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Preethi B� started this petition to Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy and

Rejuvenate the Godavari River

India's rivers are a part of the country’s identity and represent who we are. All over India, rivers are drying up and dying every day. Rivers are witnessing dramatic changes in India because of the increase in population and infrastructure our everlasting rivers are now seasonal. Few of the smaller rivers are also now completely dried up. While building their infrastructure along riversides, organizations don't take the rivers into consideration. This has brought an increase in the frequency of flash floods and droughts.  

The Godavari river goes through the states; Maharashtra, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh providing water for major cities like Hyderabad, Nashik, and Aurangabad. These cities together have a population of over 12 million people. Along the way, thousands of farmers use the river's water through irrigation. With the pollution from the increase in population and construction, rivers and other water bodies have been polluted forcing farmers to look for other ways to grow their crops. Along with this, the biodiversity in the rivers has been affected leading to loss of livelihood for fishermen and others who depend on the river's water source. These people belong to the lower economic strata and find it hard to seek another form of income. 

The most effective way to bring the Godavari river back is to plant trees along the riversides and clean up the rivers. Planting trees will maintain the water's temperature and the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. During monsoon season, the excess rainwater that gets absorbed by the soil will be slowly released into the river over time. By signing this petition, you will be taking a stand to save and preserve the largest peninsular river in India. 

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