Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday called on people to install a rainwater harvesting system on their buildings as a long-term solution to groundwater problems, according to a statement.
“Over the past 3-4 decades, due to excessive exploitation of groundwater, anomalies have occurred in both rural and urban areas. Of the 823 development blocks, the groundwater level in 287 development blocks showed a drop of 20 cm per year, “he told me.
The availability of groundwater in the state has steadily declined and the pressure on water resources is worrying, he said.
“Public partnership is very essential for the conservation of groundwater. And it is also essential that the common public is aware of the importance of groundwater, ”he said.
Addressing the closing ceremony of ‘groundwater week’ on Wednesday, he said his government had done serious work in the groundwater sector for the past three years and had given positive results.
“Ponds have been constructed or repaired, control dams have been constructed, and water-saving techniques in irrigation such as drip and sprinkler irrigation have been promoted. And the results have been positive, “he said, according to a statement issued by the UP government. .
He added that river basins will be identified in the state to test the quality of groundwater gradually.
The statement said the chief minister urged the public to install a rainwater harvesting mechanism on their buildings so that a long-term solution can be worked out to tackle the groundwater crisis.
Rooftop rainwater harvesting has been made mandatory for all government buildings, he said.
He said local urban agencies were forced to compulsorily connect all homes over 300 square feet with a rainwater harvesting system.
“Water is an invaluable entity provided by nature. We have sufficient groundwater, and there is no shortage of surface water. But we also need to think about its conservation. When we talk about the context of groundwater in the world , UP is a prosperous state, ”he said.
Yogi Adityanath said the awareness campaigns for groundwater conservation under Groundwater Week have been commendable.