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Delhi govt plans to develop 1500 new rainwater harvesting pits

To review the progress of work, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia held a meeting with senior officials of Public Works Department (PWD), Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

SNS | New Delhi |

To make Delhi self-reliant in terms of water, the Delhi government has planned to develop over 1,500 new rainwater harvesting pits across Delhi on war footing which will be completed before 15 July.

To review the progress of work, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia held a meeting with senior officials of Public Works Department (PWD), Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) & DUSIB on Wednesday.

Sisodia said, “Rain water is an important natural resource, especially for Delhi because we are dependent on neighboring states for water. Collection of water through these rain water harvesting pits will help us recharge the groundwater and meet the capital’s water requirements. For this 1,548 new rainwater harvesting pits are being created. Now the number of pits will increase to 2,475.”

“These pits will help us store millions of gallons of water, which is often wasted. This project has a lot of potential to increase water supply and will help us become self-reliant,” said Sisodia.

Recently, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had met with a delegation of experts led by the Ambassador of Denmark to India HE Freddy Swain to study Denmark’s rainwater harvesting & groundwater recharge system.

The experts had presented a detailed analysis of the country’s efforts on the same. Following which the government is planning to adopt various models of the Denmark government to improve water supply in the capital.

Rainwater harvesting is a technique of collection and storage of rainwater into natural reservoirs or tanks or the infiltration of surface water into subsurface level.