What Happens When Rivers Don’t Reach the Ocean – Sadhguru


Interviewer: Why is it that the government
is putting such a major emphasis on this national river linking program? Sadhguru: See, i think it is still in debate. Only a few
minor projects have been cleared. Rest of it is in debate. I am sure there will be much scientific advice and other
things which will come and i am sure they will look at it. Also the economic cost is huge what you have to invest.
Above all, Tropical rivers are made in such a way… Sadhguru: This idea that the water that is
flowing into the ocean is a waste – this idea must go. This is a very dangerous idea
because without that water flowing there you are disturbing the whole water cycle. The amount of monsoon that you get is directly
connected to how much river water flows into the ocean, and if the river water doesn’t flow into the
ocean, the saline intrusion into the water is happening. For example, in Gujarat, they are losing something
like five-hundred-and-fifty square kilometers per year. It is moved in almost sixty kilometers
inland. So looking at the substrata of Indian subcontinent,
especially the peninsula, we have 7400 kilometers of coastline. If… It is estimated that if this water – the river
water doesn’t go into – let us say, doesn’t go into the ocean at all, everything we used
out – then the marine water can percolate into the land up to hundred to hundred-and-thirty
kilometers. This means you will lose one-third of Indian
geography to marine water. That means you can’t grow a thing.
You can… you can come in… Interviewer: Yeah, we are seeing it in the Sunderbans,
isn’t it? Sadhguru: Hmm, Sunderbans, yes. But you must come and see in Tuticorin, in
Gujarat, where villages have completely vacated because everywhere it’s marine water – wherever
you put a bore, it is marine water. Just twenty-five years ago, it was all sweet
water.

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