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Budget should allocate funds for de-silting water bodies: Bedi

Reality check:Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi inspecting a water bodies in a rural as part of her weekend visit.Special Arrangement

Reality check:Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi inspecting a water bodies in a rural as part of her weekend visit.Special Arrangement  

Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi has stressed the need for budgetary allocation to de-silt 84 tanks so as to recharge groundwater level in rural areas.

As part of her weekend morning visit, Ms. Bedi on Sunday visited Kuruvinatham and Kirumambakkam tanks.

Raj Nivas, in a release said the Lt. Governor reviewed progress of tank restoration work with officials from the Public Works Department and also interacted with Tank Users Associations.

“Budget should be specifically earmarked for de-silting and maintenance of 84 tanks to recharge the ground water level and to improve water quality,” the release said.

People also complained to the Lt. Governor about the contamination of water bodies due to discharge of sewerage water. She assured that the government departments would work in coordination to prevent pollution of water bodies.

Ms. Bedi also stressed the need to strengthen bunds around water bodies by planting trees. The local community should be involved in the process so that they get engaged in conservation of tanks.

Stress on training

She also stressed on the need to provide training programme for all stakeholders to promote good practices in conservation of water bodies.

Additional Secretary to Lt Governor G. Srinivas and Officer on Special Duty to the Lt. Governor Amritha Bahl also accompanied Ms. Bedi.

Funds will help recharge groundwater and improve quality

Kiran Bedi

Lieutenant Governor

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