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LUCKNOW: Calling the Times Group’s Water Positive campaign an effort to conserve humanity and biodiversity, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said his government would extend as much support as possible to the unit. Speaking at the Times Water Summit, powered by Mantena Constructions in association with knowledge partner Xylem, he said that water conservation is imperative for the survival of all living things.
The state, he said, has an abundance of both surface and underground water and what is needed is its proper management and recharge. “We have worked on the rejuvenation of 15 rivers in the last three and a half years and now the Ganges is so clean in Varanasi that one can see a dolphin in the river,” Yogi said, adding that “the rejuvenation of the Ganges has rekindled the “Astha” (faith) of the people in the sacred river that is worshiped by millions of Indians “.
Six years ago, people refrained from taking a dip in the Ganges because the water threatened to cause boils on their skin, CM said. “That is no longer the case now. There is a sense of understanding that the purity of the Ganges has been restored. This was very visible during the Prayagraj Kumbh last year when millions of rupees were submerged in the river, ”he added.
Yogi highlighted how water was sacred for various rituals in Sanatan parampara (tradition) and formed an important part of the river “sanskriti” (culture) that was intrinsic to the lives of millions of people in the country. “Even our shastras have written mantras with the help of water,” he said. Highlighting the “Namami Gange” program, Yogi said that the government’s efforts were essentially aimed at taking the necessary steps towards purifying the Ganges and other rivers that are equally revered.
“Water is a reflection of life,” Yogi said, pointing to the dual challenge of keeping groundwater and surface water clean and preserved. He emphasized the Varanasi model and the Chitrakoot model for recharging groundwater.
He said it was due to efforts by the state government to purify groundwater that the number of cases related to Japanese encephalitis dropped dramatically in the past three years.
UP Jal Shakti Minister Mahendra Singh said the state government was determined not to allow any fighting or war to occur due to the water crisis.
He said that although UP occupied 16% of India’s population, it had only 4% surface water. He said the state government was committed to tackling challenges like the rapid depletion of groundwater. He said the state government overcame the challenges and is now looking to take steps to irrigate an additional 20 billion hectares of farmland in the future.
UP Chief Secretary RK Tewari said the amount of rain has also decreased over a period of time, triggering an acute water crisis in some places in UP.
At the event, high-level bureaucrats and technical experts highlighted various aspects related to water conservation during a panel discussion. Additional Chief Secretary (Agriculture) Devesh Chaturvedi said the state government was moving toward water efficiency by taking several steps including maintaining water efficiency in crop management.
Irrigation department chief engineer VK Niranjan said the department was now working to provide piped water irrigation techniques that further reduce water losses and increase the efficiency of water transport between the water source and the Agricultural field.

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