People from different walks of life renewed their commitment to save water by taking a pledge to use water judiciously and construct rainwater harvesting pits in their houses at a water conservation campaign christened “Jala Jatara–Jana Jatara” held at Lakkaram lake in the town on Wednesday.
The Irrigation Department in association with other allied departments organised similar water conservation campaigns at select water bodies across the district on the occasion of World Water Day.
Collector D S Lokesh Kumar administered a “water conservation pledge” to participants of “Jala Jatara-Jana Jatara” campaign on the banks of Lakkaram lake here.
The Collector exhorted the participants to play a catalyst role in spreading awareness on water conservation among all sections of society to save the precious elixir of life.
Khammam Mayor G Papalal, Zilla Parishad CEO M Nagesh, Chief Engineer, Irrigation Projects, Khammam V Sudhakar, Khammam RDO Purnachandra Rao, and others were present.
Advise to farmers
Staff Reporter from Medak/Siddipet/Sangareddy adds: Collector Bharati Hollikeri has advised the farmers to conserve every drop of water and ensure that there was no misuse. Participating in ‘Jala Jatara (water pledge)’ programme conducted at Magdumpur village in Haveli Ghanapur mandal on Wednesday, Ms. Bharati said that all steps were put in place to restore the tanks in the district.
Siddipet Collector P Venkataram Reddy said that everyone should take the responsibility of conserving water. Participating in World Water Day programme held at Komaticheruvu in the district headquarters, Mr. Venkataram Reddy said that there was a need to create awareness among the public about preserving and conserving water. He said that all the 3,250 tanks in the district will be taken up for restoration under Mission Kakatiya. Informing that restrictions were imposed on digging of bore wells, the Collector said that over exploitation of water would lead to reduction of ground water levels.
Walk for water at GITAM
About 300 students of GITAM University, Hyderabad, have participated in the ‘Walk for Water’ event on their campus to mark ‘World Water Day’. National Service Scheme (NSS) has organized this event.
The ‘Walk for Water’ event is aimed at raising awareness about the plight of many people across the world, who do not have access to a sustainable source of clean drinking water.
Prof. N. Siva Prasad, Pro Vice Chancellor, said that ‘Walk for water’ event is aimed at creating awareness about the lack of access to clean water for many people across the world. He has congratulated students for participating in the programme in large numbers.
Special Correspondent from Karimnagar adds: On the occasion of World Water day, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) had organised an awareness programme for the benefit of farmers on water conservation and efficient water management practises at Krishi Vignana Kendra in Jammikunta mandal on Wednesday.
Nabard AGM R Ravi Babu explained about the successful network of farm ponds taken up in various parts of the district by harvesting rain water.
The Nabard has planned to organise save water campaign across 500 drought-prone villages across the erstwhile district (including Karimnagar, Rajanna-Sircilla, Jagitial and Peddapalli) involving various departments, NGOs, banks and cooperative societies in the coming three months (April to June) mainly to create awareness about water budgeting and crop planning, demand and supply side management of water, water conservation methods and efficient use of water, she said