Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday dedicated the 14th edition of the “Awaam Ki Awaaz” program to all citizens and panchayats of JK who have come forward with a firm resolve for the revival of traditional water bodies.
The radio show aired today on all local and major All India Radio (AIR) channels in UT and aired on DD Kashmir.
Each person is the guardian of the Earth and its resources and their efforts will prove helpful in balancing both economic development and the environment, the Lieutenant Governor observed in his opening remarks.
“Traditional ponds and water sources sustain life. Civilizations and economies have flourished around water sources. In our quest to revive the traditional water bodies, the Panchayats of the districts of Doda, Samba, Bandipora, Budgam, Kathua and Ramban, as well as a large number of conscious citizens from all walks of life have come forward and demonstrated of strong determination”, the lieutenant-governor mentioned.
Noting that over the past few years the effects of climate change have been seen around the world, the Lieutenant Governor said climate change reminds us to respect and restore the delicate balance of nature and to fight for optimal use of existing water resources. .
LG called on all sections of society to actively participate in protecting the environment during this difficult time.
“Ponds and water bodies are like family members, and with this belief and tradition, we can build a secure future for the younger generations. water,” he added.
“In the spirit of Jan-Bhagidari, efforts must be made from all sides to revive the water bodies in Jammu and Kashmir and reduce the impact of catastrophic climate change which is affecting health, ecology, agriculture and water supply in UT”.
LG noted that the commitment and determination of public representatives of local bodies and Panchayati Raj institutions resulted in the revival of Mohalla Saran Singh Pond of Jakhole Town in Kathua District which had been the victim of encroachment 52 years ago.
“In Kathua District alone, 152 ponds have been brought back to life in the past year through the collective efforts of various government departments and public officials.”
Anantnag has been known for its water springs for centuries. But, unfortunately, these important sources of fresh water had become non-living. Over the past year, Panchayati Raj institutions and the local government have revived 12 freshwater springs.
In Ramban district, 70 water bodies were rehabilitated in one year. Doda district panchayats revived 71 water bodies. The revitalization work of 316 ponds and wells in different panchayats in Jammu district has also been done.
In Samba district, through the joint efforts of the Department of Rural Development and the Panchayats, 148 water bodies have been rehabilitated, including very old ponds that have become lifeless due to encroachment. 12 Bandipora Panchayats have formed committees and done important work to revive the dying water sources there. The Bandipora District Administration has also cleared 114 encroachments on the Jhelum River.
“A total of 186 water springs and other water bodies have been revived in Budgam with the help of citizens and public officials from the Panchayat,” LG said.