Gwalior citizens want to conserve water

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Gwalior, Apr 30: Residents in Gwalior have voiced concern over the neglect of historical water sources and have demanded their restoration to solve the city's water scarcity problem.

The architectural marvels are used to meet the water needs of the residents. But, over the time they have been neglected leading to pollution of water bodies and the city is now confronted with a serious water scarcity problem.

"Earlier, water was supplied from Laxam Talayia to other neighbouring regions with the help of a water recharge system, but with time the water bodies have been due to negligence," said Bhanu Prakash Sharma, a resident.

The decreasing water table and scarcity of water has raised concern among the people who want immediate attention to preserve the ancient water reservoirs.

The local administration has drawn the civic body's attention to the problem.

"The traditional water reservoirs have been dying due to negligence. With the introduction of piped water supply and predominant use of tube wells, water reservoirs have been forgotten. We have now proposed to the Municipal Corporation to preserve ancient water reservoirs, so that water can be stored to maintain sub soil water table," said Rakesh Shrivastav, District Magistrate.

"It will benefit people in the region. The Corporation is outlining plans in this regard and we will try to implement it this year to replenish water reservoirs," Shrivastav added.

At present, the authorities are partly meeting the potable water needs of the residents by supplying water through tanks. But people hope that these ad hoc arrangements would end soon with restoration of the ancient water bodies. By Ashok Pal


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