GUWAHATI, Aug 26 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today gave a clarion call to make Jal Shakti Abhiyan – a campaign for water conservation and water security – a success.
Speaking at Mainstreaming Sustainable Urban Water Management in Assam, a stakeholders’ consultation held at Assam Administrative Staff College here, Sonowal said people should join hands and contribute towards water conservation and create a mass movement for rainwater harvesting.
Sonowal also said that under Jal Shakti Abhiyan, his government is committed to provide drinking water to all households. Maintaining that water is the source of all kinds of energy, Sonowal said the Brahmaputra and Barak rivers with their over 100 tributaries have created a well-coordinated network of availability of water. The government will adopt a mechanism for conservation of rainwater to be used especially during the lean period, he said.
The Chief Minister said that taking a proactive step for conservation of water, the student fraternity of the State should be adequately mobilised. He said the teachers and parents should motivate their students and wards to imbibe in them the traits for conserving rainwater. The government is working with dedication to provide 68 lakh families in Assam pure drinking water throughout the year, he said.
Speaking at the workshop organised by Assam Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Minister of State for Urban Development Pijush Hazarika said water scarcity is the biggest challenge that the modern-day world has had faced. “Rainwater harvesting is the most feasible remedy to address water scarcity,” he said.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister released the annual report of the Sewerage Board.