With a call to put an end to the exploitation of ground water in the ecologically sensitive Nilgiris district, World Water Day was observed under the aegis of the Public Awareness Association of Udhagamandalam here on Thursday. A signature campaign marked the occasion. Participants pointed out that the sinking of bore wells which was until a few years ago unheard of in Udhagamandalam and many other parts of the district is of late on the rise.
Lamenting that water has become a high return commodity, the president of the association, G. Janardhanan, said that private water selling units are multiplying.
A detailed study of the situation prevailing in the town should be carried out and provisions of the Tamil Nadu Ground Water (Development and Management) Act 2003 used to check the activities of illegal water traders.
Stating that the authorities should ensure that water supply is equitable, he said that as far as water is concerned one should not benefit at the cost of another. The President, Malaicharal Poets Association, Sholur Ganesan said that the Nilgiris is a monsoon dependent district. If its water sources dry up the entire state will be affected. If water is taken for granted it will in a matter of time become a scarce commodity. The president, Vitobha Temple Street Residents Welfare Association, T.A. Sethuraman said that excess use of water should be eschewed.