West Bengal is going through water crisis and as citizens of the state residing here, it is our duty to save water. Our Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee announced on July 1 while participating in a Doctor’s Day programme at SSKM that every year July 12 will be declared as Save Water Day across the state. She added by saying she would like to participate in a walk on the same date for water conservation. Here is everything you need to know about the same:
Prevent Water Scarcity
The walk by Mamata Banerjee will start from Jorasanko and end at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue on Mayo Road, to make people aware of the necessity of water conservation to prevent water scarcity on a large scale for future. Mayor, Firhad Hakim also shared the Chief Minister’s concern, who launched an interactive session with citizens from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) headquarters. During the interaction he answered around 20 calls and a number of those calls were related to water crisis in some pockets.
The Mayor received several calls from residents of Christopher Road, Tangra, Joka and Tollygunge who depend on groundwater to a great extent. A caller from Christopher Road complained that he has to go to a roadside tap 500m away from his residence to get water. A woman from Joka questioned the quality of water available in her area and a Netaji Nagar resident requested the mayor to ensure the pocket received filtered water since locals were still dependent on ground water, which was fast depleting.
Step After The Complaint
Hakim took note of the grievances and asked senior officials of the water supply department to investigate the reason for the crisis and take remedial measures. However, a section of KMC officials said the civic body couldn’t find a ready-made solution to the water scarcity in large parts of the city. The civic official also added there was an uninterrupted supply of water for 18 hours a day from Tallah reservoir to Cossipore, Dum Dum, Paikpara, Northern Avenue and RG Kar Road, among others. Roadside taps also get wasted everyday in South Kolkata. There has been observation by an official about areas like Bhowanipore, Kalighat, Ballygunge, Alipore, Behala, Tollygunge and Jadavpur face water scarcity because of this wastage.
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