Friday, April 13, 2012

News Article: Haryana asked to take up desilting of village ponds

PTI | 08:04 PM,Apr 12,2012

New Delhi, Apr 12 (PTI) Haryana should undertake desilting of village ponds to rejuvenate these water bodies, besides taking steps to ensure that encroachment of rural water bodies' land is identified and restored, according to experts. This was recommended by a User Interaction Workshop on Change Detection Study of Surface Water Bodies in Southern Haryana held here today, which was presided by Haryana's Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Science and Technology Department P K Das. Das informed the workshop that the Change Detection Study of Surface Water Bodies in six districts of Southern Haryana - Mahendergarh, Rewari, Gurgaon, Mewat, Faridabad and Palwal was undertaken using space technology, which also revealed loss of 1193.52 hectares of area under water bodies since the formation of the state. In Gurgaon and Faridabad regions, many water bodies have become extinct because of urbanisation while in other regions water bodies are being used for village waste water storage which has made them highly polluted and sedimented, the study said. The workshop recommended that these traditional surface water bodies should be renovated and village waste water should be treated before putting it into these water bodies, besides suggesting separating waste water and usable water by partitioning of ponds. It was also felt that MNREGA scheme be used to revive these surface water bodies by desilting, putting water from artificial source and plantation. The workshop also suggested building of check dams in hilly areas and also develop the system of gully plugging. The workshop also felt that a detailed study about the Badkhal, Damdama and Sultanpur lakes should be done for water recharging of these lakes, so as to develop them as attractive tourist spots. It was attended by G J Samanthanam of Department of Science and Technology, R S Hooda, Chief Scientist of Haryana Space Applications Centre (HARSAC), KE Mothi Kumar and Anup Kumar, besides the officers of user departments like Forest, Panchayat, Rural Development, Agriculture, Horticulture, PWD, Fisheries, Irrigation and public health engineering.

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