It is said that balance between various aspects and elements of existence is the key to a good life. Haryana, over the years, has been able to transform itself from a primarily agricultural state of the Green Revolution age to one of the most technology-driven states in the country now. Rapid industrialisation has been going on in this north Indian state but it has also taken its toll on the environment and endangered the ecological balance. Haryana has been facing some serious ecological issues over the last few years, which need to be immediately attended to.
The water table in Haryana has been dropping consistently as per TERI. This has happened because of the industrial policies adopted by the state government like providing electricity at a highly subsidised rate. In order to make this facility available to people, groundwater has been used up to an extent which is far higher than the ideal limit. Pollution of groundwater has also been a cause of concern.
This has also increased social expenses by way of the increasing health problems for the common people. The state government's policies of providing subsidies on chemicals and water in agriculture has contributed significantly to the present scenario, which remains unaddressed for the last few years.
It is imperative that the stakeholders devise ways to generate income that focuses on increased usage of clean and green technologies, the ones that help achieve progress without harming nature. Yet another important area in this regard is air pollution, which needs to be reduced on an urgent basis. The state also needs to take measures to ensure that pollution and exploitation of groundwater resources are curtailed.
Afforestation also needs to be done on a bigger scale than what has been already done. Thanks to developing infrastructural facilities like roads and bridges a sufficient amount of trees have had to be cut but it needs to be reversed now. The state needs to look after the maintenance of its existing forest cover and increasing it to a significant extent, if possible, so that the huge difference between summer and winter temperatures can be reversed and brought down to a manageable level.
It is important that the perfect balance between nature and development is achieved and the necessary measures are implemented. The resources are all there all that is required is to put some heart and intelligence into their usage and conservation. This will ensure Haryana is able to tread the fine line between development and natural harmony, keeping both satisfied to an appreciable extent and achieve its true place in the echelon of Indian states.