Punjab Government has initiated efforts to save and increase the groundwater level under which rain water harvesting system would be installed for the management of rain water in 100 government schools of S.A.S. Nagar villages. This was stated by Deputy Commissioner during a meeting of District Ground Water Regulation Advisory Committee. Deputy Commissioner said that Ground water is falling down with an average of 05 feet per year and special steps are required to save the ground water. Considering this it would be ensured that the water from the STPs must be utilized in the district, especially in the parks and green belt areas.She said that it is mandatory for the car service stations to use water with permission and it is compulsory to install rain water harvesting/recharging system for the buildings which are having area more than 250 square yards. The Deputy Commissioner directed the officials to ensure the implementation of these rules and submit a report in this regard at the earliest. She also ordered to prepare another report wherein the possibility of installing the rain water harvesting system can be explored in those buildings where at present the same is missing.
She also stressed upon the need of installing such systems in all the government buildings as well. Over the use of the water in village ponds, she pointed out that it should be ensured that the water in village ponds is used for the agriculture and other purposes after upgrading the ponds. This project would be started from the pond of village Manakpur Sharif.On this occasion, another committee was also formed under the chairmanship of the Additional Deputy Commissioner to assess the schemes and its implementation concerning the water management. The Deputy Commissioner also stated that the water stored in the schools would be used for watering the plants and cleanliness. Similarly the water released from the STPs would be used for sprinkling in the parks, roadside saplings and especially on the beautification project under the Zirakpur Flyover.Apart from others, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Sanjeev Garg, Joint Commissioner of the Mohali Municipal Corporation Avneet Kaur, Assistant Geologist Ground Water Cell Mohali Jaspal Singh, EE of Punjab Pollution Control Board Ravneet Dubey and Retired Regional Director of Central Ground Water Board D.S. Saini and other officers of various government departments.