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Mizoram CM lays stress on rainwater harvesting
 AIZAWL, Aug 27 - Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has sought the Centre’s help in the field of rainwater harvesting to overcome water shortage problem.

 Speaking at the State Ministers’ conference on Jal Jeevan Mission in New Delhi on Monday, Zoramthanga emphasised on the importance of rainwater harvesting to solve water scarcity during dry season.

“As Mizoram receives adequate annual rainfall, it is suitable for rainwater harvesting,” he said.

Although Mizoram receives an annual rainfall of approximately 250 centimetres, people living on the hill tops normally suffer from water scarcity as the rain water runs off quickly down the steep mountain slope, Zoramthanga said, adding that if rainwater is adequately harvested it can be an ideal solution to water scarcity, especially during the dry season.

The conference was presided over by Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Sekhawat and it was attended by Minister of State for Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria, and PHE and water resources Ministers of the states.

Zoramthanga highly appreciated the Jal Jeevan Mission launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Independence Day this year, and said that the Mizoram government would take utmost efforts to implement the mission in Mizoram.

Addressing the conference, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat lauded the Prime Minister for his ambitious Jal Jeevan Mission and requested the states to come forward to achieve the access to piped potable water to every household by 2024.

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