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Start ‘save water’ drive from monsoon: PM

Sharing concern over drought in various parts of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday pitched for water conservation through a mass movement as he pinned hopes on the monsoon which is predicted to bring up to 110 per cent of rainfall this season.

Start ‘save water’ drive from monsoon: PM
PM Narendra Modi


In his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, he also talked about efforts to clean Ganga and Yamuna rivers, hoping that these will show results in some time. 

Talking about the drought situation in various parts of the country, he said concern over it is natural, particularly since prolonged drought leads to drop in water table in reservoirs. 

“To fight the drought and water scarcity, the governments will do their work. But I have seen people also make their own efforts. In several villages, an awareness has been seen with regard to the value of water and in such places, there is sensitivity and a will to do something to conserve,” he said. 

He referred to the weather forecast which has predicted that the country will receive 106 per cent to 110 per cent rainfall during this Monsoon and said such good news always brings peace. 

“But this news brings new awareness also. While the news about good rainfall brings comfort, it also provides an opportunity and a challenge. Can we run a movement from village to village to preserve water? To whatever extent possible, we must save water.”

“The rain water should be preserved. The water of a village should remain in the village. If we make a resolve to do this, it is possible through a mass campaign. So even though we have a water crisis now, we have one-and-a-half month to prepare (before the onset of Monsoon),” he said. 

While pitching for water conservation, the Prime Minister cited how in Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace Porbandar, tanks have been built beneath the houses which are even 200 years old. 

He also gave examples witnessed at various places, like changing of the crop pattern in view of scarce water and adoption of sprinklers, drip irrigation, water harvesting and water recharging methods. 

Modi said he has been told that in Devas district of Madhya Pradesh, the Panchayat has been making efforts to build farm ponds, 27 of which have been constructed, resulting in rise in groundwater level. Such methods also lead to improvement in the quality of water and pure water becomes a reason for GDP growth as well, he said. 

He hailed the railways for the quickness it displayed in ferrying water to the water-starved areas but said the villagers deserve more praise for adopting various innovative methods to fight drought. 

Turning to efforts to clean Ganga, he said this process has been underway for about 30 years during which several governments came, a number of programmes were undertaken and “huge costs” incurred. “This task (of cleaning Ganga) can never succeed without people’s participation and that is we all have to become an agent of change in this,” he said. 

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