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Rashtrapati Bhavan harvests rain
Press Trust of India, PTI
New Delhi, August 05, 2003
First Published: 11:12 IST(5/8/2003)
Last Updated: 11:16 IST(5/8/2003)
A panoramic view of the Mughal Gardens, a major consumer of water in the complex.
The rain water harvesting system at Rashtrapati Bhavan has led to an increase the water level in the prestigious complex by a commendable 1.90 metres.

A Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesman said the water table had shown a steady rise and recorded an increase of an average of 1.90 metres in the sprawling estate.

The spokesman expressed hope that with the encouraging results achieved in Rashtrapati Bhavan, the people would take to this simple and cost-effective water conservation measure in a big way.

An elaborate system of water harvesting structures including channels and wells had been laid out in the President's estate to trap rain water and to re-charge the wells, the spokesman said.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan, which is spread over a massive area of 1.3 square kilometres, has a daily water requirement of 2 million litres of water.

The current water needs are met by the New Delhi Municipal Corporation and borewells on the complex.

Water harvesting on the complex was initiated during the tenure of KR Narayanan, who got water harvesting structures implemented.


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