Water Resource experts congregate at crucial ‘Bhujal Manthan’ convention
A crucial two day ‘Bhujal Manthan’ (ground water conservation) convention got underway on Friday in the famous Kavivarya Suresh Bhat Auditorium of Nagpur.
The two day convention was inaugurated at the hands of Union Minister for Water Resources and Ganga rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari.
While the officials and scientists of the different Water Resources Departments of the country got together to brainstorm on the increasingly scarce resource that ground water is becoming, the convention was also attended by at least three Union Ministers of State (MoS) and two Members of Parliament.
This level of participation only goes to show how critical the problem of ground water is becoming in the nation.
It also showed the level of seriousness with which the problem is being taken up by the central government.
Water Resources per say are now being seen as strategic assets and the nation must rush to protect and conserve it for the larger benefit of present and future population requirements.
What was also important that apart from learned strata of society, there was also emphasis on the need to ensure community participation in the conservation process.
Another major initiative at the end of Union Minister for Water Resources and Ganga rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari was that he had invited the state of Sikkim to showcase and explain its Dhara Vikas programme.
Chhattisgarh, which is fast developing and thus is also exploiting the water resources, also was heavily represented in the convention.
Prominent among those present in the Chhattisgarh delegation included Water Resources Department Chief
Engineer (Mahanadi Basin) Jayant Kumar, Superintending Engineer PK Verma, leading scientist from Ground Water section of the state Water Resources department as well as PMKSY social scientist Pratibha LS.
The auditorium itself is special in many ways including that it is a solar powered building and has a seating capacity of 2500 maximum.
The facility is also state of the art in that it has facility for 600 taxis to be battery charged and is one of the most eco-friendly structures of the city.
It had been inaugurated at the hands of President Ram Nath Kovind.
The rent has been kept at meager Rs 5000 per day as had been the demand of the local business community.