O/o District Public Relations Officer, Jalandhar, December 31 - In a New Year bonanza for the city residents, the state government has approved rain water harvesting (RHS) project worth Rs. 1.74 crore under smart city scheme.

Divulging the details, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said that as many as 50 rooftop rainwater harvesting systems would be installed over the government building under this project.

He added that the work as the state government has sanctioned the project, the tendering procedure would be initiated within a few days. He said that Soil and Water Conservation Department being the executing agency was asked to begin with the project. 

The Deputy Commissioner said the groundwater table had been depleting constantly in the district and all 10 blocks of Jalandhar district had been declared overexploited. He said the rainwater harvesting systems would not only recharge the water but would also help to check the depleting water table. 

The deputy commissioner mentioned that 50 government buildings selected for the project include ITI women Lajpat Nagar, DPRO office, GPS New Santokhpura, GPS Kishanpura, GHS Kishanpura, GPS Santokhpura (old), GSSS Model Town, GPS Lambapind, GHS Kot Ramdas, GPS Kot Ramdas, Commissioner of Police Jalandhar, Chief Agriculture Officer, Jalandhar, SSP Rural, DEO (Elementry), Jalandhar, GHS (Girls) Gandhi Nagar, GSSS (Girls) Nehru Gardan, District Social Justice and Empowerment Officer, GPS (Boys) Garha, GMS Garha, Doordarshan Kendra, All India Radio, Lions Club, GPS Kirti Nagar, Bist Doab Kapurthala Road, GPS Suchi Pind, GPS Ram Nagar, GPS Dhilwan, GM Co-Education Ladowali Road, GSSS Dakoha, GPS Basti Mithu, GPS Chohak Kalan, GHS Nangal Shama, GSSS Ladhewali, GPS Ladhewali, GPS Adarsh Nagar, GPS Reru, GPS Sansarpur, GPS Godiapur, GHS Sansarpur, GPS Bidhipur, GPS Maqsoodan, GPS Nagra, GMS Basti Seikh, GSSS Model House, GSSS Basti Sheikh, and the building of horticulture office, Jalandhar Cantt. 

He said the state government, led by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, was making concerted efforts to save the depletion of groundwater further either by plantation of saplings, increasing green cover, promoting maize and other crops which use less water, drip irrigation or installing rainwater harvesting systems in the state. 

The DC exhorted youths to become ambassadors of water conservation in their localities where they live. He said it was a collective duty for all of us to save this precious asset otherwise people would face dangerous consequences. 

He said the wastage of water must be stopped at any cost and requested farmers and the public to conserve water for their future generations. 

Pointing out further, Sub Divisional Soil Conservation Officer Lupinder Kumar said that the rooftop rainwater harvesting project would cover a total area of 43155 Sq. meter with saving of about 10 crore litres of water annually. He mentioned that such mega water saving would help levelling up the depleting ground water table in the district. He further added that the project itself was self-sustainable for a longer period and requires least maintenance. 

He said the state government, led by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, was making concerted efforts to save the depletion of groundwater further either by plantation of saplings, increasing green cover, promoting maize and other crops which use less water, drip irrigation or installing rainwater harvesting systems in the state. 

The DC exhorted youths to become ambassadors of water conservation in their localities where they live. He said it was a collective duty for all of us to save this precious asset otherwise people would face dangerous consequences. 

He said the wastage of water must be stopped at any cost and requested farmers and the public to conserve water for their future generations.

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