by Manjit Kaur
Chandigarh, October 22, 2020: “In the tri-city, do not install a RO System. In case you have one, you should dismantle it,” advised Dr. Sanjay Pandey, a reputed Scientist with Central Underground Water Board, Ministry of Jai Shakti, Government of India.
Explaining the reason for this advice, Dr. Pandey said, “Presently the quality of groundwater in the tricity is fresh and potable with all necessary mineral content within the permissible limit and which is good for human consumption and health too. In order to take health benefits, installation of RO system in individual household should be discarded rather UV water filter may be installed in canal water supply areas.”
Dr. Pandey was talking to members of Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik and Rotarcators of various clubs at a Special Session on ‘’ Water conservation through public participation with special reference to Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.’
Dr. Sanjay Pandey pointed out that Water resources are the lifeline of all round development of a country.
India witnessed the extinction of Indus valley civilization because of the loss of ancient Vedic river Sarasvati, he said.
Detailing his views on the subject, he said that in recent decades due to increasing population, India hse undergone extensive infrastructural development complemented by industrial development too, which created tremendous pressure on Water resources specially on groundwater resource.
Commenting on the region, he stated that presently the whole of Punjab and Haryana is being irrigated by tubewells and the complete water supply for drinking and domestic purposes in urban and rural areas is being catered from groundwater supply and the same condition can be seen in the industrial sector.
Striking a note of caution, he said that owing to excessive withdrawal of groundwater for the above causes, there is a sharp decline in groundwater level in whole of Punjab and Haryana including the Chandigarh area.
In order to arrest the falling trends of groundwater level, public/stakeholders participation for water conservation through rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge to groundwater techniques coupled with recycle and reuse shall play a vital role to augment this precious resource.
To initiate the above, he said, some target areas should be identified where clean (uncontaminated) rainwater can be caught.
Answeringa question from one of the RCS members, he said these areas could be individual houses, group housing societies, Temples, Gurudwaras, Mosques, Churches and other religious and cultural buildings.
Emphasis should also given on construction of technically feasible artificial recharge structures whose design varies from one premises to other, depending upon catchment area.
These artificial rechargers may be trench cum recharge wells, dugwell recharge structures, recharge shafts, shafts cum recharge wells etc., he added.
In recent years Central Ground Water Board has successfully completed various artificial recharge projects for demonstrative purpose and out of them, one is the Panjab University project.
This project not only solved the problem of accumulation of rainwater in residential area of lower reaches but also rise in groundwater level was observed.
People should visit this area to see the adopted technology for their awareness related to ground water conservation, he recommended.
Brig. Daljit Dhillon proposed a Vote of Thanks for a very informative and interesting session.
by Manjit Kaur