Bokaro River Drinking Water Project based on Rainwater Harvesting inaugurated
Just Earth News 03 Jun 2016
Jharkhand, June 3 (Just Earth News): The Bokaro River Drinking Water Project based on Rainwater Harvesting in the State of Jharkhand was inaugurated at West Bokaro on Friday.
The project was dedicated to the community by Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance, Government of India.
While inaugurating the project Sinha said that the people of Jharkhand have suffered due to scarcity of water in the state.
"I feel very proud that we have come up with such a sustainable way for supplying water in the region," said he.
A check dam has been constructed along with an intake well that is located by the side of the Bokaro River.
This recharge structure is utilising water from the sub-surface of the river, without disturbing the main flow of the river water. The water gathered into intake well is then filtered, chlorinated and distributed to the villages through the robust piping network of almost 14 kilometres.
The project is catering to over 8000 people in eight villages in the Ramgarh district of Jharkhand namely Jharnabasti, Jongragora, Latungri, Parsabera Ravidastola, Duni, Mukundbera and Choratand.
This initiative has also enabled the supply of perennial water during summer when the river is almost dry. It is capable of supplying approximately 1000 kilo litres of water per day, which will adequately meet the drinking water requirement of these villages. The potable water being supplied to villages will reduce the cases of water borne diseases in the area.
Speaking on the occasion, Sunil Bhaskaran, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel said, "I know Mr. Sinha has a long term plan for the region of Ramgarh and Hazaribagh. I believe this region will set a benchmark for rest of the Jharkhand State. Tata Steel has been working for the development of the community around West Bokaro. I would also like to thank Mr A Dodde, DC, Ramgarh and Mr Tamilvanan, SP, Ramgarh for providing his support in the successful completion of the project."
Sanjay Rajoria, General Manager, West Bokaro Division, Tata Steel said: “Scarcity of water for household usage is a big concern in the villages surrounding the West Bokaro Division, since the aquifer level in these villages is generally very poor. This is one of the focus areas for the CSR activities of Tata Steel. The company has invested Rs. 4.19 crore in this project to provide safe drinking water to the people.”
A tall retaining wall has also been constructed on the banks of the river to protect the project area from recurring flash floods. An attractively made waterfall and clean and green beautiful park add more charm and grace to the entire drinking water project. Also, the rain water flowing through the river, which is otherwise wasted, is judiciously used to recharge the artificial aquifer to maintain a reasonable water level in the Recovery Well.
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