With the spectre of continued dry spell looming large following predictions of a not so-good monsoon, President A P J Abdul Kalam on Friday appealed to citizens, water management authorities, government and non-governmental bodies to conserve water in the light of drought-like situation faced in many parts of the country this summer.
"We have had a very hot spell this summer and many parts of our country faced a drought like situation. Probably, the ordeal is over and very soon we may be getting abundant rains. Nature is strange and we often encounter big surprises. We have to anticipate and prepare ourselves for facing floods and undertake measures through which we can channelise and store surplus water for future use," he said.
In his appeal, he said there was need to innovate new methods and harvest surplus water during this rainy season for a better tomorrow.
"Most of our states have a large number of ponds and tanks, many of which have gone into total disuse. It is time we de-silt, repair and re-operationalise these on a war footing. By foresight we can convert any natural calamity into a new opportunity. I wish all success in this collective mission for water prosperity," he said.