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Stressing conservation: Collector P. Umanath (third right), Mayor R. Venkatachalam (second right), Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra (fourth right), dedicating a rain water harvesting structure constructed at Kothandaramar temple in Coimbatore.
Stressing conservation: Collector P. Umanath (third right), Mayor R. Venkatachalam (second right), Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra (fourth right), dedicating a rain water harvesting structure constructed at Kothandaramar temple in Coimbatore.

Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: Public participation was vital in promoting rainwater harvesting, District Collector P. Umanath said on Wednesday after inaugurating a rainwater harvesting structure at Ram Nagar in Coimbatore.

The project to promote rainwater harvesting in the city is an initiative of the Ministry of Water Resources. It was being executed in association with the District Administration, Coimbatore Corporation and Siruthuli.

Dr. Umanath said that rainwater harvesting structures had been proposed in over 215 places. In such places, dug up wells would enable percolation of rainwater through aquifers close to bore wells.

Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) had sanctioned Rs. 1 crore to erect these structures through a District Level Technical Co-ordination Committee (DLTCC) led by the District Collector.

Siruthuli, the implementing agency for the project, had been advised to consult the Collector and CGWB officials while implementing the project. Siruthuli had been asked to complete the project by March 31, 2010.

Of the 215 structures, 130 were planned in open places while the remaining 85, identified after considering suggestions from public, would come up near roadsides where water logging was noticed.

The Collector expressed concern over excessive use of ground water. He said that people should conserve the run-off water during rainy season to overcome the water scarcity in summer.

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