Berhampur, Dec 13 (LocalWire) To popularize rainwater harvesting among people of Berhampur, the government has engaged artists to create awareness on the new initiative through street plays.
A seven-member group of artists of a Bhubaneswar-based organisation staged plays in different parts of Berhampur on Wednesday.
“Groundwater is alarmingly depleting in the Silk City. The town is also reeling under the water scarcity. The government has decided to implement the scheme on rainwater harvesting and recharge of ground water in Berhampur, along with four other towns in the state,” said executive engineer, groundwater development division, Yasawanta Satapathy.
The other four towns selected for implementation of the scheme are Bhubaneswar, Bolangir, Titilagrh and Jharsuguda in pilot basis for five years.
The artists will stage at least 80 plays at prime locations of the town for the next seven days.
“During the half-an-hour play, we try to educate people about the importance of conservation of rainwater, recharge of ground water and the new scheme of the government,” said Ranjan Nayak, director of Sanjog Natya Sanstha, Bhubaneswar.
“The response of the people here is quite good,l” he claimed.
Rainwater harvesting involves collection, filtering and use of rainwater, which falls on the rooftop (terrace or tiled roof) and in the portico of the house. It can be adopted through recharging of bore wells near the house.
Recharging of bore wells should be done to prevent them from drying up and improve their water table, said PK Sahu, assistant engineer of the division.
The government will provide subsidy up to Rs.45, 000 to private building owners under the scheme.
Since the implementation of the scheme in pilot basis, as many as 1590 projects, including 70 government buildings, have been completed in the last
four years so far in Berhampur.
In the current year so far, 599 projects in private building have been completed, said the executive engineer.
Around 750 applications are pending for execution.
In the year of 2017-18, as many as 476 projects, including 13 in government buildings, have been completed, he said.
During Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s visit to the city on December 1, he had inaugurated the rainwater harvesting project in nine buildings of Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC).
The scheme is assuming importance in Berhampur, when the people of the town are facing acute drinking water shortage during summer.