Indian Water Portal Team Visits Mangalore

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Mangalore, Oct 28: 27 Study the local water management system Indian Water Portal, a team consisting of 15 members visited Mangalore and surrounding regions from October 24 to October.

Regarding to their visit they had an interaction with media on Monday October 28 at Netravathi Hall in Zilla Panchayat.

The team member Ashish Panda talk about the water harvesting techniques, especially in areas like Thar Desert of Rajasthan. Thar Desert gets very less rainfall of about 100 mm. This monsoon, Thar Desert witnessed only 2 hours of rainfall. The people of the Thar Desert used water harvesting methods and collected rain water in ponds, rivers and ‘Beris’. These methods of rainwater harvesting helped people of this region as they got sufficient amount of water for themselves as well as for their live stock and agriculture,” Ashish added

Further he said that in Jodhpur 90% of the families depend on this rain water for agriculture. As the people have started practicing these rain harvesting techniques, the water in lakes, ponds does not dry up.

He also said that though the government has spent crores of rupees for the Indira Gandhi Canal Project, it remained just a mirage to the people of this particular region. However, the water harvesting method initiated by the common man and not by any engineer helped the people, he said.

Shrikanth Prassan explained about the various rain water harvesting areas in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and Kasargod districts. He also said that Mangalore receives the highest rainfall of 4,000 mm in 100 days in this region. This rain water can be used for various purposes. He also gave examples and briefed about the rain water harvesting practiced in various places like Faringipete, Manipal University, Yenepoya Medical College, and New Mangalore Port Trust.

The journalist Shree Padre K S Lingegowda, Krishna Moolya. Team members of Indian Water Portal Bishwadeep, Nisha, Prateek, Amita, Chicu, Hamsa, Makarand, Manu, Rekha, Sabita,Seetha, and Usha were present.

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