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UP: AU scholars to march 200 km to spread awareness on water conservation

The group of 34 research scholars and post graduate students from the Allahabad University will also appeal to the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government to constitute a Ponds Development Authority

lucknow Updated: Oct 28, 2017 09:28 IST
Rajesh Srivastava
Rajesh Srivastava
Hindustan Times/ Allahabad
Allahabad University,Water Conservation,BJP government
A large catchment area has been digged for rainwater harvesting. (HT File Photo for representational purpose only. )

A group of Allahabad University (AU) scholars has decided to take out a 200km march from Allahabad to Banda to sensitize people about rapid depletion of underground water in many districts of Uttar Pradesh.

They also want to make an appeal to the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government to constitute ‘Talab Vikas Pradhikaran’ (Ponds Development Authority) for protection of ponds in the state as the party had promised in the run up to the 2017 assembly elections.

“The party promised to constitute a ponds development authority during elections. But even after seven months of forming the government, no step has been taken in this direction. So the march also aims to draw attention of Yogi government in this regard,” said convener of the march and AU research scholar Rambabu Yadav.

He said that there were many UP districts where decreasing underground water level had become a matter of deep concern. But no serious measures had been taken so to improve the condition, he added.

Alarmed by the development, a group of 35 research scholars and post graduates from the university, comprising 31 males and 4 females has decided to take out the 200 km march.

The march will start from AU on November 14 and conclude at Chabi pond in Banda on November 22, Yadav said.

Eminent environmentalist PV Rajagopal and a geologist of Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT), Prof HK Pandey, would jointly flag off the march, he said.

During the march, the team would visit 70 villages en-route where the members would motivate people to conserve natural water resources.

Yadav said eight villages had been shortlisted where the team would stay at night. They include Pachkhara, Shankargarh, Bargarh, Mohanpur, Bhawari, Khohi, Badaula, and Gerawan in Banda.

The convener said a health check-up would also be conducted to ensure that all the members of the team were physically well and did not face any serious health issues during the journey.

First Published: Oct 28, 2017 09:28 IST