The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat launched a campaign on water harvesting and conservation on the occasion of Water Day on 25 May 2017 in the state’s capital, Dehradun.
The Minister flagged off two mechanised rath, one each for Kumaon and Garhwal regions.The vans would be using audio material and related literature to broadcast information on water conservation and spread awareness in the two regions.
The Minister stressed that the objective of the campaign cannot be achieved without the participation of the common people.
• The CM has urged the members to have a rainwater harvesting system fitted in their residential premises.
• The Minister also requested the common people not to use water beyond what is sufficient to flush toilets.
• Uttarakhand with 1.10 Cr population has around 20 lakh toilets and on an average a person there uses about 7-10 litres of water daily in the toilet.
• Hence, if each one attempts to save one litre a day, almost one Cr litres of water will be saved in just one single day.
• The campaign’s launch also coincides with the creation of a web portal that would have the entire database relating to natural springs across the state.
• The portal would also include data on structures of natural springs and the types of vegetation around them and the iron and fluoride content present in them.
The state’s CM has sought full cooperation of the people for the success of the drive. The campaign would conclude on 30 May 2017.
• When Uttarakhand had come into being almost 17 years ago, Dehradun used to get the supply of 72 million litres water per day, a number that has come down by almost half to 37 million litres water per day.
• Currently, over 1,400 locations in the state are grappling with water shortage issue.
• A number of natural water bodies across the state have either dried up or their levels have reduced considerably leading to a virtual crisis in villages.
• Water scarcity in some districts like Rudraprayag has been so acute that it has driven villagers to stage protests demanding for immediate resolution of the problem.
• In fact, all the nine hill districts of the state are facing acute water shortage and the situation is likely to worsen with the rise in temperature.
According to Anil Joshi, founder and president of the NGO Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organisation (HESCO), soaring temperatures, scarce rainfall and non-implementation of measures to conserve rain water are the primary reasons for the water crisis.