Ayodhya, Barabanki among 5 dists to achieve 100% ‘catch the rain’ target

Lucknow: Under the ‘Catch The Rain’ campaign launched by the state govt in 2019, Pilibhit, Ayodhya, Ambedkarnagar, Barabanki and Gonda are the top five districts in achieving targets under the mandatory installation of Rainwater Harvesting System (RTRWH) on govt and semi-govt buildings in districts. The five districts have reported a 100% completion of targets.

The campaign focuses on water conservation activities, including the rejuvenation of traditional water bodies, borewell recharge, watershed development, afforestation and the revival of small rivers. All govt and semi-govt buildings are mandated to install rooftop rainwater harvesting systems while instructions have been given to clear silt and any other obstructions in the water flow of Amrit Sarovars. A government spokesperson said that in the maintenance of Amrit Sarovars, Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Prayagraj, Azamgarh and Barabanki are on the top, having completed the desilting and clearing of vegetation in the Sarovars and also by completing construction of all Sarovars.

During a recent review of the ‘Catch the Rain  Campaign,’ chief secretary DS Mishra instructed officials to complete desilting and restoration of water sources, including ponds, artificial recharge structures, small rivers, and check dams, before the monsoon season to season to maximise rainwater harvesting.

Instructions have been given to ensure that all govt and semi-govt buildings, such as offices, primary schools, anganwadi centres, community health centres, and panchayat buildings, are equipped with rooftop rainwater harvesting systems. Urban parks and public places are also to implement rainwater conservation measures. In addition to this, special awareness campaigns, rallies, seminars, and discussions will be organised for school children and the community. Chief Development Officers in each district have been appointed as nodal officers to oversee these efforts.

Source: Times of India

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