Accepted paper:

Socio-economic impacts on indigenous population due to river water pollution of Cauvery river, Karnataka, India


Shivanna Srikantaswamy (University of Mysore)

Paper short abstract:

In this paper I am trying to highlight about the Socio-Economic impacts on indigenous population due to river water pollution of Cauvery river ,Karnataka,India

Paper long abstract:

Water is an essential element for the life and unsustainable developmental activities like irrational industrialization, urbanization and agricultural activities are continuously deteriorating both water quality and quantity. Pollution is the contamination of water by foreign matter, viz. micro-organisms, chemicals, industrial sewage, and other wastes; such matter deteriorates the quality of the water and renders it unfit for its intended uses. In the Cauvery basin so many indigenous communities are spread and mainly depend on the water for day today life. They don't have the facility of purification and other media to purify. In India 99,380 habitats were affected by poor quality drinking water and Karnataka stand sixth with 6,104 affected habitations. Water pollution not only causes health hazards but also disturbs the socio-economic setup, viz. poverty, inequality and migration etc. in the affected habitations. Out of all pollution induced socio-economic imbalances, migration is last coping strategy adopted by the affected people. Poor health results in unemployment and people mi-grated in response to unemployment or else to con-tribute to the household income or to attain social mobility and the poor segment migrated from rural to urban areas with the anticipation of better earning potential and standard of living

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