A report by the World Resources Institute (WRI) has categorised the Narmada as one of six major river basins in the world facing an existential crisis. The report says that in 2017 the river faced water crisis and as a result, the Gujarat government had to stop using water from the Sardar Sarovar dam for irrigation.
Vinayak Parihar, another activist working to save the Narmada, explains, “The tributaries of Narmada are drying almost every year. Sand mining is the biggest threat.”
The International Water Management Institute points out that the scarcity of water is due to the increasing dependency on the Narmada basin.