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Rally flagged off by the Nilgiris Collector to commemorate World Water Day

A message:Nilgiris Collector Archana Patnaik flagging off a World Water Day rally in Udhagamandalam on Thursday.— Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
A message:Nilgiris Collector Archana Patnaik flagging off a World Water Day rally in Udhagamandalam on Thursday.— Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

High priority would be given to harvesting rain water in this hill station, said the Chairman, Udhagamandalam Municipal Council, K. Sathyabhama, here on Thursday.

She was addressing a function organised by the Rural Development Organisation (RDO) an Aruvankadu-based non-governmental agency to commemorate World Water Day.

Stating that building plans which do not provide for rain water harvesting structures will not be considered by the municipality, she urged the people to take a pledge to save water.

In the plains people are getting water with great difficulty.

Pointing out that a sum of Rs. 1.38 crore has been earmarked to the municipality to put up public conveniences, Ms. Sathyabhama said that 15 places have been identified.

The Chairman, RDO, N.K. Perumal, said that with the inflow of tourists steadily increasing the need to provide public conveniences at appropriate places have become urgent.

Under the Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) at least 20 per cent of the allocation should be set aside for development of Ooty.

He added that the RDO will supplement the efforts of the municipality in beautifying the hill station.

Natural resources of the Nilgiris should be protected.

Earlier, a rally was flagged off by the Nilgiris Collector, Archana Patnaik.

Among the participants were members of self help groups.

An exhibition was declared open by the Superintendent of Police S. Nizamuddin.

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