Civic body launches week-long save-wa­ter cam­paign in nodes

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) will be fol­low­ing week-long aware­ness cam­paign on wa­ter con­ser­va­tion as per the di­rec­tives of the Maharashtra govern­ment to ob­serve the Jal Ja­gruti Sap­tah.

The week-long cam­paign has been an­nounced by the state across Maharashtra as part of its in­ten­sive ef­forts to fight drought con­di­tions and wa­ter short­age all over. The con­clu­sive day of the week will also mark World Wa­ter Day which is an in­ter­na­tional day as rec­om­mended at the 1992 United Na­tions Con­fer­ence on En­vi­ron­ment and De­vel­op­ment (UNCED).

Of­fi­cials said the civic body has started the week with no­tices through var­i­ous medi­ums ex­plain­ing peo­ple the sit­u­a­tion of wa­ter cri­sis in Navi Mum­bai and urg­ing them to par­tic­i­pate in the con­ser­va­tion of wa­ter.

“We are ap­peal­ing to peo­ple through var­i­ous medi­ums to con­serve wa­ter in their day to day use for which they re­quire min­i­mum ef­forts. Sim­ple mea­sures like clos­ing the tap when not in use, in­struct house­maids to not keep wa­ter run­ning while wash­ing clothes and uten­sils, not wast­ing wa­ter while wash­ing ve­hi­cles or so­ci­ety premises can go a long way in sav­ing good amount of wa­ter,” said Arvind Shinde, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, wa­ter depart­ment of NMMC.

“The wa­ter sce­nario is crit­i­cal all over the state and peo­ple should think about it on a larger scale. The idea be­hind the wa­ter con­ser­va­tion week is to reach out to the peo­ple and spread the mes­sage of us­ing wa­ter with care and avoid wastage so that it can last till the on­set of next rains,” said NMMC com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Waghmare.

Of­fi­cials said that dur­ing the week-long aware­ness cam­paign, the cor­po­ra­tion will be con­duct­ing sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties and in­volve as many peo­ple as it can.

“As per the di­rec­tives, we will or­gan­ise street plays, po­etry recital, school stu­dents’ vis­its to dams and var­i­ous con­tests for col­lege stu­dents,” said an of­fi­cial.

Mean­while, ex­perts work­ing to em­pha­sis the con­ser­va­tion of wa­ter stressed that ju­di­cious use of wa­ter is the need of the hour.

“Since wa­ter is eas­ily avail­able at low cost, peo­ple do not re­alise the im­por­tance of preserving wa­ter. The state is en­coun­ter­ing one of the worst cri­sis how­ever still the aware­ness on sav­ing wa­ter is al­most ab­sent,” said Pu­nam Sin­gavi, founder-pres­i­dent Thane based or­gan­i­sa­tion Hariyali which works to­wards this cause across city.

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