By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 12 Sep: The ‘Department of Health, Safety & Environment and Civil Engineering’, UPES, commemorated the ‘Swacchta Pakhwada’, being observed by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development from 1 to 15 September, with a visit by its students and faculty to the Village Dunga. The objective of the visit was to sensitise the residents of the village on water conservation, rainwater harvesting, recharge of ground water, and waste disposal and segregation methods. Briefing the media, Arun Dhand, Senior Director, Public Affairs, UPES, revealed that MHRD’s ‘Swacchta Pakhwada’ was inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on conservation of water resources. “The Jal Shakti Abhiyan is a time-bound, mission-mode water conservation campaign. Groundwater experts, scientists and volunteers are working together for water conservation and water resource management during the campaign,” stated Dhand. The Jal Shakti Abhiyan aims at making water conservation a Jan Andolan through asset creation and extensive communication. Dr Nihal A Siddiqui, Head – HSE & CE Department, added that the visit was organised by its student-led club, ‘Green Up’, formed with the goal of building a more sustainable and greener environment. “The UPES Jal Shakti Abhiyan Team of student volunteers along with their faculty in-charge conducted an awareness drive on preserving water – nature’s most precious resource”, he stated. The visit was coordinated by the HSE faculty – Prasenjit Mondal and Abhishek Nandan, jointly, as ‘Faculty In-charge’ with cooperation of the Dunga Gram Pradhan, Rajkumar Rautela, and the Panchayat members. Around 65 villagers attended and benefited from the meeting, where the student volunteers briefed them on the techniques of water conservation through recharge pits, etc. Apprising the gathering about the government’s water conservation initiative – ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ – the faculty in-charges highlighted the nation’s prevailing water crisis, impact of hard water on the human body, and the ill effects of plastics, and improper waste disposal and management. The student team members of the ‘UPES Jal Shakti Team’ comprised V Teja; Nitty Ann Abraham; Srinivas Sivaraman; Juno Reju; Saket Madhav; Kommanamanchi Sai Bhardwaj and Anupam Das. The meeting concluded after an open discussion and question round in which the villagers raised their concerns regarding water conservation methods and the UPES Team provided the answers.