Creative Solutions to Water Logging
-Text Susan Sharma Pics Sanjana
Janki Devi Memorial College, a girls only college of Delhi University, kicked off a water conservation campaign on 3rd September 2014, the first college in DU to take up water conservation for a serious campaign. The campaign showcased the innovative
team's work guided by Management Professor Dr.Usha Krishna. The team studied successful rainwater harvesting efforts by Hero Motocorp Ltd., Centre for Science and Environment etc. before undertaking a survey of awareness among Delhiites. Water woes were
plenty, but when it came to conservation of rainwater and conservation of ancient water bodies, awareness was nil.
The campaign organized a seminar wherein invited experts from WWF, BNHS and UNDP and IndianWildlifeClub shared the dais with College authorities to impart and share their work and knowledge with the large body of students who had gathered.
Left to Right-Nitin Kaushal, WWF India, Prof.Ray IIT Kanpur, Susan Sharma, IndianWildlifeClub, Dr. Usha Krishna Project Leader, Prof.Indu Anand, Principal
Dr. Susan Sharma addressing the participants
The campaign topic " Creative Solutions to Water Logging" hit the nail on the head as water logging is a symptom of not conserving water leading to inconveniences which city dwellers and villagers are both aware off. The
seminar urged the students to go deeper and think of rain water harvesting, spatial studies to divert and direct water flows to water bodies using natural methods. A key take away from all the experts was that water conservation is possible when communities
and individuals get involved.
The students participated in a quiz organized by Conservation Education Centre (BNHS) and also raised pertinent questions about water conservation.
The core panel with Usha Krishna
The panel complimented the work done by the innovation team and also suggested getting students involved as volunteers in actual water harvesting projects which are being done by NGOs and other concerned agencies.