Lok Sabha speaker and Indore MP Sumitra Mahajan on Monday said she would use the entire local area development fund on promoting water conservation practices in water- starved areas of the district.
Mahajan held a meeting with mayor Malini Gaud, former mayor Uma Sashi Sharma and top district officials on Monday to review water supply and conservation practices in the region.
Later, addressing journalists, she said she had decided to spend half of the local area development fund on implementing water conservation practices in rural and the other half in urban region.
She said one of the reasons of water scarcity here was that Indore was expanding at a fast pace. “I see many residential societies coming up alongside bypass and other far away locations. We have to look for sustainable ways to conserve water,” she said.
The ground water table in the region has fallen by 100 – 200 feet in different locations, according to officials figures. Mahajan said, “Water saved is water gained.” There was need to conserve water bodies, which act as primary ground water re-charging agents, and have buildings with rain water harvesting systems, she said. Mahajan said the Indore Development Authority (IDA) should think of creating more ponds in the city.
Water conservation should not be limited to discussions in Parliament, but it should be dealt by every person at his level, she said.
“We are giving relaxation in property taxes to those who are constructing rain water harvesting homes/units. However, we have to strengthen monitoring and continuously revive our water recharge systems etc,” said Mahajan.
Speed up rail projects
Sumitra Mahajan said she had recently met minister of state for railways and requested him to speed up ongoing works to connect western Madhya Pradesh region with railway network.
“I have requested him to release more funds, so that works catch up speed… I have also requested him to visit Indore in June this year and grant approvals for laying broad gauge lines between Indore – Sanawad – Khandwa; starting works on Dahod line which would connect remote regions of the state,” she said.
“We have also asked the railways to increase number of trains between Indore – Cochin; Indore – Pune and Indore –Patna,” she said.