Friday, October 7, 2022

Land Resources department launches 5-day re-orientation training


With declining discharge of springs during lean months and traditional wells drying up, the Land Resources department (LRD) kicked off a five-day re-orientation training on “springshed management” with an objective to focus on recharge and rejuvenation of natural springs in the state, in the conference hall, here, on Monday.
Speaking at the programme, chief secretary J. Alam said the PM Amrit Sarovar scheme which was targeted to create 75 water bodies in each district would be of high cost in Nagaland and a huge task to tackle.
With 96% yet to achieve the target, Alam stressed on fulfilling the existing critical and technical gaps and putting more focus on convergence.
He challenged the department to double up their target of 206 spring sheds and added that taps, pipelines could be brought till the doorstep of the citizens.
Alam, however said in order to achieve this, sources would require to be rejuvenated and protected or else the implementation would remain in paper and not on ground.
He also urged upon line departments to work together to address water scarcity in the state.
Meanwhile, additional director Albert Ngullie said the main objective of springshed was to recharge underground aquifers by employing appropriate mechanical, vegetative and social measures.
Ngullie said about 4,600 springs were to be inventorised on priority and rejuvenation of about 270 springs in five new PMKSY-WDC 2.0 projects were to be taken up to ensure water security to rural communities along with building and installation of more CAWS in all watershed/springshed project locations.
Ngullie said over 46 master trainers were trained from among the Watershed Development Team (WDT) and the plantation and horticultural crops planted around trenches and bunds have shown faster growth compared to crops planted without conservation measures.
The Springshed pilot project was initiated in 11 PMKSY-WDC project villages in Nagaland with technical supports from People’s Science Institute (PSI), Dehradun on April 2016 and has active participation from the women, landless and economically weaker sections.
Trainees include—scientists Imran Siddique, Jayesh Desai, Mukhesh Patil and Kunal Sharad Upagani, researcher.
At the programme, Imran Siddique gave an introductory speech on past collaboration & experience from projects in the state.
The program was chaired by secretary Vikeyie Kenya and welcome address was delivered by director, A. Pangjung Jamir.