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Call to conserve ground water

'Rapid decrease in groundwater level is becoming a matter of national concern. Concrete steps need to be initiated in this regard, else the people will have to face dire consequences,' said Divisional Commissioner Dr Lalit Verma on Saturday.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 00:02 IST

'Rapid decrease in groundwater level is becoming a matter of national concern. Concrete steps need to be initiated in this regard, else the people will have to face dire consequences,' said Divisional Commissioner Dr Lalit Verma on Saturday.

Dr Verma was addressing the participants of a seminar held here at Vikas Bhawan on the occasion of 'Groundwater Day'.

"Besides creating awareness among the people, it is also necessary to give it the shape of a mass movement, otherwise holding such seminars is meaningless.

All sections of citizens must come forward to shoulder the responsibility of conserving water. Meanwhile all the government departments should start working in unison for the cause," said Dr Verma. The chief speaker at the seminar, DM Amrit Abhijat said, "We should have invited the representatives of Nagar Nigam, Allahabad Development Authority, Awas Vikas and colonisers in the seminar since they are the ones creating obstacles in the path of water conservation.

Passing the house maps sans any provision for water harvesting system is not the right step. There are also no provision for water harvesting in the colonies developed by private builders."

"Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has established the 'Bhumi Sena' to stop further decrease in ground water level, to increase the crop yield through water conservation and to stop soil erosion," said the DM. He further instructed the officials of irrigation department , Groundwater Board and Pollution Control Board to prepare a 'vision plan' within 15 days for implementation of water harvesting and water conservation in city as well as in rural areas of the district.

While informing about the progress in digging of ponds, District Magistrate said that now the JCB machines will be used for the purpose while the dug out soil will be disposed off manually. "Very soon a small JCB machine will be purchased by Panchayat Raj Vibhag to start the digging process of 100 ponds which have been freed from illegal custody, " he said. Other speakers were Dhaneshwar Rai, joint director Ground Water Board, SK Pandey, scientist of Central Ground Water Board, Hari Bhagwan Samvedi, director of Ground Water Department, Dr Suneet Singh of GB Pant Institute, former corporator Kamlesh Singh and several journalists.