Rain water harvesting to enrich greenery at Gangotri

Rain water harvesting to enrich greenery at Gangotri

UoM's eco-friendly mehtod to keep the campus green and alive

With scarcity of water turning into a scourge, the University of Mysore is incorporating roof top rain water harvesting (RWH) on a large scale. The intention behind the new initiative is to keep the green cover at Manasagangotri, the PG campus of the varsity.

 The varsity has decided to install roof top RWH system at all the 60 departments of the university located at Gangotri. The water collected using the said technology, will be for multipurpose usage, mainly catering to the parks and gardens in the campus.

A top official involved with the project told Deccan Herald that the project, which is being taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 75 lakh is in its preliminary stage, with the engineering division of the varsity inviting the expression of interest from reputed firms to prepare a detailed project report (DPR).

According to the horticulture wing of the varsity, the PG campus is spread over 740 acres. It includes green cover up to 300 acres with 35 to 40 parks located within its precincts. Prominent among them are- gardens on the premises of Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion (now housing folklore museum), Dr B R Ambedkar Research and Extension Centre, Botany department, Babu Jagjivan Ram Centre for Studies and Research, coconut farm on the either side of the road leading towards Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), the green area on the either side of entrance to the campus from Bogadi road side etc.,

At present, 20 borewells are the source of water, and at times, tractors are used to supply water to parks and gardens. Of late, even underground water level is also depleting and measures are being taken to flush the borewell points.

According to an estimate, it requires 40,000 litres of water for one acre of land and the water is distributed according to the requirement.

By adopting rain water harvesting method, it will also help recharge the underground water table, said an engineer.