BHOPAL: Waterman Rajendra Singh warned the denizens that unless urgent steps are not taken for the conservation of Upper Lake then the lake which is held as the life line of Bhopal will ‘die’- go dry. Illegal constructions, allegedly made by the influential people have come up on the bed of Upper Lake. These constructions are blocking the flow of rainy water to the lake so such constructions need to be demolished, Singh added. Water man Singh said it while addressing a seminar on water conservation on Sunday.
According to Waterman Singh- Upper Lake is facing the twin problem of deteriorating or static water quality as well as reduction of storage capacity, he added. He said.
How to garner clouds for Bundelkhand ?
Water man Singh said, “For Bundelkhand, people will have to garner clouds by plantation. The more plantations there will be, the more clouds will Bundelkhand get. Three hundred twenty seven districts are draught affected in the country. ”
Falling ground water level
Rajendra Singh said that Bundelkhand, which was once a region green with forests and fields, is increasingly getting barren, with only a few irrigation facilities in place to compensate for disappearing rainfall. Many areas are relying on groundwater for drinking and limited irrigation, but the underground water table is receding alarmingly. According to a report by the government’s Central Ground Water Board, water levels have fallen by 10 to 20 feet in almost all the districts of Bundelkhand in the last five years, he added.