Take up Rain Water Harvesting as a Movement: Governor

Hyderabad, July 9 (Maxim News): Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan on Friday called upon the people to take up rain water harvesting activities as a movement.

“Though our country is receiving copious rains, we are lagging behind in conserving the rain water thus staring at a major water crisis,” she said.

The Governor was addressing the Vice-Chancellors of different universities of Telangana and Puducherry and the Indian Red Cross Society functionaries through a video conference on the theme of “Catch the Rain, where it falls, when it falls,” from Raj Bhavan, here.

Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan stated that though India accounts for 18 per cent of the world’s population, and 20 per cent of the livestock of the world, it has only four per cent of the water resources of the world.

“Most of the rain water is going unused. It is high time that we create rain water harvesting structures to conserve and use it. We must reduce the indiscriminate and over-exploitation of the precious ground water. We must accelerate the ground water recharge. We need to achieve the water use efficiency by 20 per cent. Water is critical for development,” she added.

The Governor expressed concern that 256 out of 700 districts have been identified as ‘critical’ or ‘over exploited ground water levels’ in our country.

India has been categorised as the ‘water-stressed’ country in terms of per capita water availability, at the same time per capita water requirement is rapidly increasing.

“It is paradoxical that we witness floods due to plenty of rains, on the other hand we experience water scarcity. This is just a result of our failure to harvest the rain water in an effective manner and on a massive scale,” she said.

The Governor urged all the stakeholders to proactively promote the “Catch the Rain,” campaign having a tagline of “where it falls, when it falls,” launched as part of the National Water Mission.

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