People urged to harvest rainwater, use solar power

Staff Correspondent
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‘Chitradurga district has no permanent source of water’

HIGHLIGHTING PRIORITIES:Deputy Commissioner V.P. Ikkeri speaking ata seminar in Chitradurga on Saturday.
HIGHLIGHTING PRIORITIES:Deputy Commissioner V.P. Ikkeri speaking ata seminar in Chitradurga on Saturday.

Deputy Commissioner V.P. Ikkeri has stressed the need for people to give priority to rainwater harvesting and use of solar energy.

Inaugurating a seminar on rainwater harvesting organised by All India Radio (AIR) here on Saturday, he said that Chitradurga was a drought-prone district because it had no permanent source of water. Besides, iron ore mining and stone quarrying were rampant in the district. Therefore, it was essential to prevent depletion of groundwater.

“The district is facing acute shortage of drinking water. People should understand the need for protecting natural resources to meet future needs. If sand extraction is allowed to continue at the current rate, then the problem of drinking water shortage will worsen,” Mr. Ikkeri said.

Rainwater harvesting should be implemented in every house. The municipal council can make it mandatory for tanks to store rainwater while issuing building licences. “Since the annual rainfall in the district is always scanty, people should save rainwater and use it for various purposes, including agriculture,” he said.

Mr. Ikkeri stated that an action plan worth Rs. 6 crore for developing the two tanks that were located on both sides of the Murugharajendra Math had been sent to the Union government for approval. Shivamurthy Murugha Sharana, head of the math, said that people were facing several challenges owing to what he described as the aggressive nature of some vested interests, who wanted to destroy nature for personal gain.

“Such people should understand that natural resources should be protected for future generations,” he said.

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