Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called for making rainwater harvesting mandatory in both urban and rural areas while sanctioning plans. He said that indigenous water harvesting systems must be revived.
In a video message for National Water Mission’s ‘Catch The Rain” campaign, the Vice President said that we can face a major crisis soon unless the precious commodity is preserved. He said: “India has about 18% of the total world population and only 4% of potable water available. This means that unless we preserve this precious commodity, we will face a major crisis soon. We cannot allow that to happen.”
Highlighting the importance of water, the Vice President said, “We cannot think of life without water. It’s a scarce natural resource the sustains all of us.”
Lauding the timely initiative taken by the National Water Mission, the Vice President said that water conservation must become a societal mission like the Swachh Bharat Mission. “We must ensure that water is not wasted and the groundwater resources are recharged when the rain falls on the ground, we must catch the rain and store it,” he added.
He urged all public institutions, government offices, universities, IITs, colleges and schools to take lead and said that every household must have rainwater harvesting.
“There is no better way to secure our future than to save every drop of rain,” he added