Decentralized community water management key to fighting droughts – Rajendra Singh
Waterman of India, Rajendra Singh, winner of the Stockholm Water Prize 2015 has suggested that community water development is the only way ahead to address acute shortage of drinking water in drought affected areas of India, especially Maharashtra.
He was speaking at the Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai after inaugurating the newly developed permanent science exhibition “Hall of Evolution’ on Tuesday.
Mr. Rajendra Singh said judicious use of water is a key to better water management and stressed that drinking water must get priority.
He observed that diversion of river water for agricultural purposes, especially for growing sugarcane in the semi-arid Marathwada region has aggravated drought conditions in interior Maharashtra.
Mr. Singh appreciated the ‘Jal Sewa Programme’ being implemented by the Maharashtra government. He said the level awareness about water conservation was poor among Indians and called for renewed efforts to address this issue. He said river rejuvenation would be possible only through community driven decentralized water management.
United Nations had proclaimed the decade 2005-2015 as the International Decade for Action, “Water for Life”.
To commemorate the conclusion of this decade, Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai, is organising an exhibition “Water for Life”, which is supplemented with the JSW-NSCM Annual Lecture Series, lectures by leading subject experts, competitions, theatre, panel discussion etc..
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Hall of Evolution Permanent Exhibition inaugurated
Waterman of India, Rajendra Singh, winner of the Stockholm Water Prize 2015 today inaugurated the the newly developed permanent science exhibition “Hall of Evolution’ at the Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai .
The gallery is equipped with the fascinating display of original fossils of plants from the Jurassic period, original stone tools used by Early Humans and replica skull of the first, one of the oldest and most complete, hominid fossils ever found, Lucy is also on display at the gallery and provides visitors a rare opportunity to have a glimpse of these rare collections at the gallery. The other added attractions include original fossils, interactive multimedia computers, videos, hands-on interactive displays, and recreated early creatures and scenic diorama develops to tell the compelling story of evolution—the single process that connects everything that’s ever lived on Earth. An interactive space is also created which focuses on the contributions of Charles Darwin, his journey while on-board the ship HMS Beagle. This new gallery on Hall of Evolution will provide visitors a hands on exposure and will provide an awe-inspiring journey from the beginning of space & time to the formation of the Unique Planet & the amazing processes that started on the face of the earth leading to an origin of diverse species of life forms, from single-celled organisms to the extreme dinosaurs & to our extended human family, on this unique planet that we inhibit.