New Delhi: Since India is currently facing the worst ever water crisis in years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the citizens to conserve water and ecology.
In a blog that he shared over social media, PM Modi discussed the traditional techniques of conserving water and horticulture, quoting different examples.
One of the examples PM cited was of a teacher belonging to Veraval region of Saurashtra who made use of soiled water for planting and growing trees. This teacher had directed his students to bring water that is left and usually drained after the utensils are washed. He used this leftover water to sprinkle it over the plants. In a dry, arid region, he managed to create a lush, green island.
Also, PM Modi urged people to do what they can for conserving the ecology.
Due to the slow progress of the crucial southwest monsoon all over India and below-normal rains in June, the water level in the reservoirs throughout the country has dwindled by a great level.
According to the latest report as released by the Central Water Commission (CWC), the water level in 92 main reservoirs was at 26.944 bcm, which is nearly 17% of the live storage capacity of the reservoirs. The water level is lower on year and is also below than the average of the last ten years.
The onset of the south-west monsoon in Kerala had got delayed by one week, arriving on 8 June this year. Even though the rains are now nearly everywhere and have traveled all across the country, they have been below normal up till now in the 4-month-long season of monsoon. Until Sunday, the rainfall deficit recorded in the country was at 21%.
During his first Mann ki Baat in his second term as PM that aired recently, PM Modi called for a mass movement on water conservation. Moreover, the Modi government has set up a new ministry called ‘Jal Shakti,’ pledging to provide safe and clean drinking water to all.