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Water Conservation: IIT Madras launches Jal Dhan campaign to conserve water

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) launched Jal Dhan Abhiyaan on the campus today in the presence of Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. , Government of India, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT MadrasFaculty and students.
The campaign was inaugurated during the National Level Water Conference – 2K23 organized on the theme Sustainable Agriculture with Millet Focus. water conservation And Rain water harvesting in industrial areas
Addressing the launch of the campaign, Choubey said, “The Prime Minister had also launched ‘Mission Life’ (Lifestyle for Environment) which will inspire individual and collective action to protect and conserve the environment. Our ministry is continuously working to improve the environment.
Recalling the slogan of ‘one drop, one crop’, Choubey said, “It is important to conserve water for the future. The government is also working to revive 75 water bodies in every district of the country…I congratulate IIT Madras for having such great flora and fauna on the campus.”
Addressing the school students, Dr. Vasant LakshmiChairperson of VLCT&RC said, “Due to reluctance or carelessness across the world, every person is wasting 11 liters of water every day. We need to ‘Save Water, Save Life’. Everyone should start saving water in their homes.”
Dr. Vasant Lakshmi said, “The objective of Jal Dhan Project is to save water. We are going to cover various components like awareness and virtual water concept where we are going to talk about how industries can conserve and reuse water. So far, we have covered 12 states as part of this project. 475 NGOs across the country are working on this initiative.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said, “Water is one of nature’s greatest contributions to mankind… All great things today, from the growth of a plant to the survival of man . When we want to know if the Moon is habitable, the first thing we ask is if there is water there? Today, due to climatic conditions, we are seeing extreme variations in terms of heavy droughts or heavy floods and due to nature’s There is also an urgent need to preserve this precious gift. This conference is to sensitize all of us towards the changing climate conditions in the world. Our small drops make an ocean.”
Furthermore, Professor V. Kamakoti said, “IIT Madras is very committed to this major work, which is one of the key targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. “All 17 SDGs put forward by the UN have something to do with water, whether implicitly or explicitly.”
Speaking earlier, Prof. of the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras. Balaji Narasimhan said, “Even if we achieve 100% rainwater harvesting, to achieve our sustainability goals, we will have to start reusing and recycling our water. This is something that we have achieved on our campus. Chennai city is taking expertise from IIT Madras on water reuse and recycling. There is a project where 260 MLD of sewage is being taken, treated and the water is being pumped back into the lakes, which is treated and supplied to meet the water requirements of the city.
Pro. Balaji Narasimhan said, “IIT Madras has a climate action plan. We want to be carbon neutral by the year 2050. We have a cycle-friendly campus and very good green cover… We are very proud to be a ‘Zero Discharge’ campus. We have a very beautiful lake with about 165 million liters of capacity and a secondary lake with 104 million liters of capacity. “We harvest the rainwater that falls on the campus as much as possible.”

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