Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 11
Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday called for a ‘Jan Andolan’ (people’s movement) for water conservation, while cautioning that potable water might become a scarce resource if not managed well.
Delivering virtually the inaugural address at the 2nd National Water Awards ceremony organised by Union Jal Shakti Ministry, Naidu homed in on water being a finite resource which needed to be conserved on a “war footing”.
He asked municipalities and other local bodies to make rainwater harvesting mandatory for every new building.
Only 3 per cent of the water available on earth constitutes freshwater and of that only 0.5 per cent of was available for drinking, he said.
“It is the responsibility of each and every citizen to save water and use it judiciously. The need of the hour is to change our lifestyles and make water conservation a way of life,” Naidu said.
India’s current water requirement is estimated to be around 1100 billion cubic meters per year and that it is projected to touch 1447 BCM by 2050.
The water resource management has to be planned in the context of rising population, urbanization, industrialization and expanding agricultural activities.
The benefits of reduced use of water was also less use of energy required for pumping and supplying water to homes, offices and farming activities, he said.
“In effect, it also will also help in reducing pollution”, Naidu said.
Speaking on the occasion, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Chauhan said sufficiency of water resources substrates country’s overall progress.
Speaking on the sidelines of the function, Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti Ministry Rattan Lal Kataria said the call for conservation of water is getting good response in the states.