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Special campaigns needed to save water: Ravi

Last Updated: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 16:21

Jaipur: Deploring wastage of water, Union
Minister Vayalar Ravi on Saturday said campaigns should be launched
in the country to create awareness among people to save the
precious resource.

"Looking to the present water situation in India, we need
to run a special campaign to save water.It is inevitable in
the prevailing situation. We waste a lot of water in daily
routine which is a very unfortunate tendency," the Minister
for Overseas Indian Affairs said at a seminar on water
management on the first day of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas.

He suggested the delegates enter into partnership with
village Panchayats for the campaign where the government
could provide them with overseas development fund through its

He also suggested that entrepreneurs form groups and
select some village to run the campaign.
"For Rajasthan, the major concern is to check the desert
which is advancing and for this water has to play important
role? he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Tourism Minister Subodh
Kant Sahay said Rajasthan is a brand for tourism in India.
"We are working on water scarcity issue in Rajasthan and
the Ministry is working on how to recycle and harvest water in
hotels," he said, adding, that hotels should adopt local
architecture for conservation of water.

He said that the government is working with the United
Nations for sustainable tourism keeping water and environment
issues in focus.

Focusing on importance of water, Rajasthan PHED minister
Jitendra Singh said, "Water is costlier than oil and it is
very important to conserve water for survival".

T M Vijay Bhaskar, joint secretary in the Department of
Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), said the major problem
is absence of piped drinking water and there is need for
treatment technology in rural areas.

"There is need to identify alternate sources of safe
drinking water; introducing water meters in rural areas which
will cut wastage of water by 50 per cent," he added.

"The biggest concern is the growing imbalance in demand
and supply of water. The government is not able to supply
potable water to 31,000 habitations because of dry blocks,"
said Additional Chief Secretary, Rajasthan, Ram Lubhaya.


First Published: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 16:21
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