Aligarh : “Ground water level has gone down in many parts of Aligarh district and the average yearly decline is 0.6 m. Corrective measures are necessary to be adopted with special focus on public awareness and sensitization”, said Mr Sujatro Ray Chowdhury, Scientist B.
He was addressing an online public interaction programme organised by the Central Groundwater Board, Northern Region, Lucknow in association with the Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University, with the theme of “Aquifer mapping and Groundwater management” with special focus on Aligarh District.
The programme was part of the 75 years of India’s Independence celebrations.
Talking about various corrective measures to be adopted for a safe and secure supply side management, Mr Chowdhury pointed out that farmers and other groundwater users should be advised to use groundwater wisely employing safe yield concept and modern irrigation techniques. “Less consumptive crops and crop rotation should be seriously discussed in order to avoid water scarcity”, he emphasised.
The programme highlighted the importance of public awareness as the key to groundwater sustainability and realising the true meaning of the slogan “Jal hai to kal hai”.
Dr. lzrar Ahmad highlighted the need for a multidisciplinary approach in achieving Sustainable Developmental Goals.
The programme was also attended by Dr Taqveem Ali Khan, Dr Naseem Us Saba and several old and current students of the Department of Geology, AMU.
Shri Pramod Tripathi, Regional Director proposed the vote of thanks. He said more interactive programmes and training sessions will be organised for students in coming days.
Prof Rashid Umar welcomed the initiative taken by the Central Groundwater Board.