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Rainwater harvesting could improve the water situation: Pant

Concerned with drinking water scarcity and depleting ground water levels in the country, the Planning Commission today said that rain water harvesting was important to meet the water requirement.

india Updated: May 07, 2003 16:06 IST
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Concerned with drinking water scarcity and depleting ground water levels in the country, the Planning Commission today said that rain water harvesting was important to meet the water requirement.

"Rain water harvesting has improved the water situation in states such as Gujarat and Rajasthan and it could also be used in other parts of the country with community involvement," Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, K C Pant said releasing a report on "Water Supply and Sanitation" here.

The report has been brought out jointly by the Planning Commission, World Health Organisation and United Nations Children's Fund. It makes an assessment of drinking water supply and sanitation in the country. The demand for water was bound to increase with the population growth, he said, adding there was a considerable gap between the supply and requirement of water for sanitation purposes.

The 10th five year plan has stressed on rainwater harvesting and conservation of water. On the subsidy on electricity for irrigation purposes, Pant said it was not possible to completely withdraw the subsidy in one go. The states need to balance the user charges and reduce the subsidy in steps to avoid immediate load on irrigation industry.

The commission would study the report and take it into account while working on micro level schemes, he said and added, participation of the people was required to run and maintain the schemes. The report was an attempt to flag various problems related to water and would be helpful for the agencies working to improve the water situation in the country, Pant said.

First Published: May 07, 2003 16:06 IST