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SHOPIAN: During a Water Restoration, Cleanliness and Conservation Programme on Sunday organized by District Youth Services and Sports Department, (DYSS), here, the DYSS Officer calls for active participation of Sports Youth in water conservation in Shopian.With an aim of taking water conservation concept to grass-roots level through youth participation across the district, DYSS Officer, Shopian, Gurmukh Singh Dutta today organized “Water Restoration” Campaign at Herpora Shopian to involve participation youth and people in water conservation activities.Speaking on the occasion, Dutta underscored the significance of water conservation and stressed for judicious use of water, saving water bodies and harvesting rain water.He called upon all sports youth to come forward, recognize their responsibilities to complement government’s efforts, and actively participate in rainwater harvesting and other water conservation activities using new techniques as well as traditional methods to revive water bodies. Our existence and prosperity is connected to water which is a great gift of nature. Our ancestors have done significant work in the past to harvest rain water and store it. Now, it is the responsibility of the new generation to work for the revival of traditional methods of rain water harvesting, Dutta maintained.There is a need to implement interventions for water conservation like mapping of water resources, preparing water conservation plans, cleaning traditional water bodies, removing encroachments and obstructions in water channels to achieve the desired results on the ground, he added. He made valuable suggestions for rainwater harvesting and water conservation. He stressed on the need to focus on five aspects – water conservation and rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies, reuse of water and recharging of structures, watershed development, and intensive a forestation.
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