PM in Mann Ki Baat: At least 75 Amrit Sarovar can be built in every district
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New Delhi : Emphasizing upon water conservation, Prime Minister Modi talked about efforts like 'Jal Mandir' scheme for conservation of wells or babris in Gujarat and urged to build 'Amrit Sarovar' all over India. Giving the example of Gujarat, he said people revived stepwells which not only helped in water conservation but also increased the groundwater level.
Reiterating the resolve of water conservation in the 87th episode of 'Mann Ki Baat' program on Sunday, Prime Minister said whatever we can do to save every drop of water, we must do that. Along with this, we need to focus on recycling of water. Water used at home can be used for pots and gardening. With a little effort, you can make such arrangements in your home.
Appreciating the role of children in the cleanliness campaign, the Prime Minister also called upon them to come forward and become water warriors for water conservation. Referring to Arun Krishnamurthy of Chennai, who has made water conservation his life's mission, he said that he is running a campaign to clean the ponds and lakes in the area. He took up the responsibility of cleaning more than 150 ponds and lakes and completed it with success. Similarly, Rohan Kale of Maharashtra is campaigning for the conservation of old wells with hundreds of steps.
He said that in Gujarat, people revived stepwells which not only helped in water conservation but also increased the groundwater level. Prime Minister said that he comes from a state where there has always been a shortage of water. In Gujarat, these old step wells are called Vavs. The 'Jal Mandir Scheme' played a huge role in the protection of these wells or stepwells. Several stepwells were revived all over Gujarat. This also helped a lot in increasing the water level in these areas. You can also run similar campaigns at the local level.
Modi said that at least 75 Amrit Sarovars can be built in every district of our country during the Amrit Festival of Independence. Some old lakes can be improved, some new ones can be built.