`Make rainwater harvesting mandatory'

MYSORE, FEB. 26 . Experts dwelt on the importance of conserving water resources at an awareness programme on "Groundwater protection and conservation'' organised by the Central Groundwater Authority and Central Ground Water Board here today.

The Principal of Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), Mysore, B.G. Sangameshwar, emphasised the need to popularise rainwater harvesting methods, and to make them mandatory.

Every educational institution should have a model to educate children on rainwater conservation so that awareness on it could be created, he said.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Mysore Zilla Panchayat, K.R. Niranjan, who inaugurated the programme, gave away prizes to the winners of a drawing competition on water conservation organised for students of JSS Public School.

The first three prizes were bagged by T.K. Akash of eighth standard, R. Lohith of ninth standard, and G.N. Sunil Kumar of seventh standard.

The Special Officer, Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, B.S. Basavarajaiah, the Chairman of the Department of Studies in Geology, the University of Mysore, A. Balasubramanian, the Regional Director, Central Groundwater Board, C.S. Ramasesha, engineers of the Mysore Zilla Panchayat, representatives of some non-governmental organisations, and students participated in the programme.