Cities to be ranked for re­vival of wa­ter bod­ies

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Cen­tre will soon start a com­pe­ti­tion be­tween cities for re­vival of wa­ter bod­ies. The cities that do well in the com­pe­ti­tion will be awarded a higher rank­ing and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to en­cour­age more to join the com­pe­ti­tion. The ini­tia­tive will be a part of the drive to make cities flood re­silient. The ur­ban af­fairs min­istry will soon come out with the guide­lines for this com­pe­ti­tion as cities face more threats of flood­ing be­cause of blocked drainage sys­tem and dy­ing nat­u­ral wa­ter bod­ies, where rain wa­ter ac­cu­mu­lates. “Nat­u­ral ter­rain of cities used to carry wa­ter to nat­u­ral sponges. But now be­cause of con­creti­sa­tion, the drains that used to carry wa­ter to the ponds and lakes have been blocked. Drains car­ry­ing rain­wa­ter also get the waste wa­ter, which should not en­ter the wa­ter bod­ies. This is a huge chal­lenge, but we need to find a way out,” said a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial.

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