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Water conservation needed: Expert

The Times of India News Service

RAJKOT: Stressing on water conservation as the need of the hour, Rajendrasinhji, general secretary of Tarun Bharat Sangh of Rajasthan advocated steps for better conservation and construction of khet talavadis to recharge water.

Rajendrasinhji has been instrumental in harnessing water in the Alwar district of Rajasthan where 3,000 check dams have been built in 700 villages. He has also been instrumental in converting 6,500 sq km of dark zone in Alwar district into a white zone (where there is abundance ground water). Rajendrasinhji has also advocated certain changes in the national water policy.

According to him, the agro-ecology climatic zone concept was not taken into consideration in the policy drafted by the bureaucrats, who knew little about water harnessing. It was imperative that water conservation be a part of the policy, he said. The Young Men's Gandhian Association honoured him with an award for his work.

Talking to reporters here on Monday, Rajendrasinhji said water conservation could help solve the frequent water shortage in the region. He added that the plan for constructing check dams in Saurashtra needed proper direction so that it could be turned into a people-oriented project. Advocating the need for rational use of water in daily life, he said it was up to the people to adopt a model code of conduct, in their use of water.

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