*Kejriwal Government working on mission mode to make Delhi self-reliant through rainwater harvesting; Dy CM Manish Sisodia reviews progress

*1500+ new rainwater harvesting pits being developed which will harvest millions of gallons of rainwater, will help in recharging and increasing groundwater levels: Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*Modern methods of rainwater harvesting through pits will help Delhi become self-reliant in terms of water, groundwater level will significantly rise: Dy CM Manish Sisodia

NEW DELHI: 22ND JUNE 2022-In order to make Delhi self-reliant in terms of water, the Kejriwal Government has made preparations to harvest millions of gallons of rainwater. Work to develop over 1,500 new rainwater harvesting pits across Delhi is going on war footing and will be completed before 15 July, 2022. To review the progress of work, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia held a meeting with senior officials of Public Works Department (PWD), Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) & DUSIB on Wednesday.

Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia said, “Rain water is an important natural resource, especially for Delhi because we are dependent on neighboring states for water. Collection of water through these rain water harvesting pits will help us recharge the groundwater and meet the capital's water requirements. For this 1,548 new rainwater harvesting pits are being created. Now the number of pits will increase to 2,475. These pits will help us store millions of gallons of water, which is often wasted. This project has a lot of potential to increase water supply and will help us become self-reliant.”

Shri Manish Sisodia asked the concerned officials to complete the work of creating pits on priority, so that rains of this monsoon season can be leveraged for good.

Recently, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal had met with a delegation of experts led by the Ambassador of Denmark to India HE Shri Freddy Swain to study Denmark's rainwater harvesting & groundwater recharge system. The experts had presented a detailed analysis of the country's efforts on the same. Following which the government is planning to adopt various models of the Denmark government to improve water supply in the capital.

*How rainwater harvesting pits work

Rainwater harvesting is a technique of collection and storage of rainwater into natural reservoirs or tanks or the infiltration of surface water into subsurface level. One of the effective ways is making rainwater harvesting pits. These pits are actually soak pits and during the rainy season rainwater is collected through these pits. Thereafter water penetrates into the ground which increases the level of groundwater. In view of the speed with which the groundwater level is depleting, such measures of water conservation have become very important at present.