Kochi

District makes quantum leap under Jalasubiksha scheme

More than 8,000 wells recharged in Ernakulam

Over 8,000 wells in Ernakulam, including those in the flood-hit regions, have been recharged under the government’s ‘Jalasubiksha’ programme.

The objectives of the initiative are to increase the water table level and improve the quality of water in wells.

The programme is implemented under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

“We have recharged over 8,000 wells in the district since the programme was launched three years ago. The aim is to protect waterbodies through various activities and thereby ensure water security,” said Sujith Karun, district co-ordinator, Haritha Keralam Mission.

The local bodies that were included in the first phase of the programme are Alangad, Kadamakudy, Ashamannur, Mukkannoor, Nellikuzhi, Udayamperur, Avoli, Kumbalanghi, Thirumaradi, Puthenvelikkara, Vadakkekara, Thiruvaniyur, Keezhmad, Nayarambalam, Maneed, Thuruthikkara, and Varapetti.

Mr. Sujith said the programme intended to effectively utilise rainwater to ensure year-round availability of water in wells, which are the major sources of drinking water.

The idea is to make all wells in the State sustainable and sanitised in a phased manner, he added.

The wells that needed recharging were identified through a survey.

Rainwater

The process involves collecting rainwater from rooftops and letting it into the wells after proper filtering. A filtration unit with gravel and charcoal ensures that the debris gets removed before the water enters the well.

Those who have worked for at least 15 days under MGNREGS in the previous year were trained in well recharging and utilised as skilled workers for the programme.

The other initiatives under the programme were undertaken by unskilled workers under the scheme.

The State government had suggested that the programme be integrated with the Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP), Jalanidhi, and other watershed development projects of Local Self-Government Institutions (LSGIs) wherever possible.

The support of non-governmental institutions and companies under CSR initiatives are also sought for the initiative.

Officials of local bodies in the district are also encouraging people to recharge wells on their own.

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