Action plan sought to save groundwater

TIPS FOR PRESERVATION: Deputy Commissioner T.K. Anilkumar inaugurating a two-day training programme on Groundwater Management in Shimoga on Monday.

TIPS FOR PRESERVATION: Deputy Commissioner T.K. Anilkumar inaugurating a two-day training programme on Groundwater Management in Shimoga on Monday.  

Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA: Deputy Commissioner T.K. Anilkumar suggested here on Monday that the action plan to be formulated for the enrichment of groundwater sources should start from the village level ensuring the people's active participation in its entire exercise.

Mr. Anilkumar was inaugurating a two-day training programme for trainers on groundwater management organised by the Central Groundwater Authority and Central Groundwater Board of the Union Ministry of Water Resources.

The Deputy Commissioner said that although the distribution of water formed one of the basic responsibilities of the Government, there was scope for people's participation in the fulfilment of this important task.

Emphasising the need for local officials and engineers to develop new visions and concepts on the latest technologies on the storage of water, he asked them to keep the Government informed about them so that it will be helpful for it to implement them.

He stressed the need for greater inter-departmental coordination in the implementation of programmes chalked out for the enrichment and storage of the surface as well as groundwater sources. "It is not happening to the extent desired," he said.

Mr. Anilkumar said hardly 3 per cent potable water was available for human consumption. This should highlight the imperative need for conserving and protecting its limited sources for future generation. As there is hardly anything to suggest that the water availability will increase, it is necessary to protect the available water sources.

He said: "Our effort should be to see that whatever quantity of water is utilised, its ground sources should recharged." He called for a holistic perspective plan for the preservation and enrichment of water sources.

He lauded the initiative taken by the Central Groundwater Board in imparting scientific training to the officials and engineers concerned, particularly at the grassroots level on groundwater management and hoped it would prove to be useful to the participants.

K. Keerthiseelan, Regional Director of the South Western Region of the Central Groundwater Board, in his keynote address, called for judicious and scientific management of water. He said the people should be made known about the actual availability of water for the purpose of consumption.

He said that of the 3 per cent potable water, about 2.97 per cent formed groundwater, which left a small quantity of water for feeding purpose.

He said the Ground Water Authority, which came into being in 1997 as a result of the Supreme Court order, is engaged in the task of notifying areas of water sources for being registered for the groundwater exploitation.

Mr. Keerthiseelan said there is a need to use the water judiciously as it did not have the unlimited sources. He stressed the need for rainwater harvesting and the implementation of the conventional methods for it.

Shimoga Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Shivakumar presided over the function.

Joint Director of Department of Mines and Geology T.N. Venugopal and scientist Muzeeb were present.

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