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World Water Day celebrated at JU

JAMMU: World water day is held annually on March 22 to focus on the importance of freshwater and advocating the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

The day has been designated by the United Nations General Assembly and celebrated since 1993. Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu, and INTACH Jammu Chapter in association with Department of Rural Development, J&K Govt. organized an event on "World Water Day2021" and to celebrate "Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav- A Jan Utsav to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India's Independence" to highlight the importance of water resources of Jammu region and to enhance the ‘Jan-Bhagidari' for the conservation of precious aquatic resources.

Sheetal Nanda IAS, Secretary to Government, Department of Social Welfare, Govt. of J&K was the Chief Guest on the occasion. 

While appreciating the efforts of INTACH Jammu Chapter and Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu for listing the natural heritage sites of the Jammu region, stressed the need for an integrated approach by all the allied departments in managing these water resources. She expressed her grave concern over the depleting water bodies and water resources in the Jammu Region.

S.M. Sahni KAS (Retd.) briefed the house about various initiatives taken up by the INTACH Jammu Chapter including the listing of built and natural heritage sites of Jammu. He impressed upon the need for restoration of traditional water bodies using the traditional methods.

Dr. Deepika Slathia, Sr. Asstt. Prof., Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu in her lecture highlighted various ecosystem services being provided by these water bodies. "Student'sparticipation in creating awareness among the masses about the benefits of these water bodies and the ways and means to preserve and protect them has a positive impact on the mindset of the public," she said adding that conservation of traditional water bodies can help to prevent the water crisis that the Kandi region is facing today. 

Posters on various traditional water bodies prepared by the students and scholars of the department were also showcased during the occasion. 

Dr. Ranjan Sharma, Huma, and Mohinder shared their field experiences with the house.

Dr. SS. Rissam, Add. Co-convener, INTACH Jammu Chapter conducted the proceedings of the program, and Kuldeep Wahi Co-convener proposed the formal vote of thanks.

Prof. Sanjay Sharma, Dr. Rakesh Attri, Dr. Meenakshi Khajuria, Arvind Kotwal, Jyoti Bhatti(Principal, Food Craft Institute), Madan Mohan (BDO), Kuldeep Sharma (BDO, Akhnoor), Mukesh Sharma (BDO, Satwari), Dr. Vikas Sharma(BDO, Nagrota), scholars, students, members of INTACH Jammu Chapter along with former senior functionaries of J&K Govt. participated in the event.

As a part of this event, the students and scholars also visited various water bodies on the traditional Mata Vaishno Devi route and interacted with the local population to enhance their participation in water conservation efforts.

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