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UP ready to map water resources

The State Water and Sanitation Mission will soon be documenting water resources across six zones of the state.

Written by Tarannum Manjul | Lucknow |
March 4, 2011 2:55:22 am

The State Water and Sanitation Mission (SWSM) will soon be documenting water resources across six zones of the state. The documentation — to be done through Geographical Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping — will take note of ponds (manmade and natural),wells and handpumps. According to officials,the exercise will help them create a proper database of these resources,which will be used for their management.

The mapping will be done by private organisations and the mission office has already invited proposals from expert agencies. The exercise is a part of the Centre’s National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) and will cover villages under six zones of UP under three commissionaires. These zones are Allahabad,Ghaziabad,Gorakhpur,Lucknow,Varanasi and Moradabad.

The chairman of the SWSM,Manoj Kumar Singh said: “So far,we do not have any proper database of water resources,especially in areas where drinking water is a major problem.”

While handpumps may feature in the records of UP Jal Nigam,ponds are marked by the revenue department in village records. But there is not much information on wells,which are an important source of drinking water,he said. “Through the mapping,we will get details of all the resources together,complete with their longitude and latitude dimensions.”

The department plans to start off the exercise by April 1 and should end by March 31,2012.

“The focus will initially be on villages where the drinking water condition is really bad in summer and we would like to have their details within three months,” said Singh. “The details will help us finalise plans for providing emergency relief to these villages.”

After the mapping,the details will be given to the selected civil society organisations in these villages,who will then do a regular monitoring of the water quality.

They will be assigned the task of collecting water samples for testing in Jal Nigam labs across the state and give their report to the mission office and the gram sabha.

“Participation of the community and civil organisations is a key component of the rural drinking water programme and we will involve them in quality monitoring exercise,” said Singh.

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