Uttarakhand to observe Water Day
With 10 hill districts in the state reeling under water shortage, the state government on Thursday stressed upon the need to sensitize people on drinking water conservation.
In a meeting with officials from the drinking water department on Thursday chief minister Harish Rawat announced that a ‘Water Day’ would be observed in the state in order to sensitize people on the need to conserve water.
Rawat said that the date on which the day will be observed is yet to be finalized. It was also decided in the meeting that a state-sponsored water bonus scheme will be launched soon. Under the scheme, prizes and monthly bonus will be given to those contributing to conservation of drinking water. The scheme aims at recharging as many as 10,000 natural drinking water resources like ponds, lakes, waterfalls, and springs in all 10 hill districts and three plain ones.
Rain water harvesting is also part of the plan to conserve drinking water to meet the challenge posed by water scarcity in the districts.
Arvind Hayanki, secretary, drinking water department, who attended the meeting said that a water conservation scheme known as Chal Khal Yojna recently launched by the state government to recharge around 5,000 natural water bodies that have dried up has generated much excitement among people.