Chandigarh, April 6
Taking a giant leap forward in practically implementing the popular slogan “Save Water. Save Earth”, Panjab University is all set to utilise rooftops of all buildings in the campus to harvest rainwater at a large scale.

Boasting of becoming the first university in the country to plan the “rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge to ground water”, university officials formally announced the project at the Senate meeting held on April 4.

To accumulate excessive rainwater in the campus, which is being wasted currently, 56 structures will be prepared on ground at different locations in the campus, which will accommodate 100 cubic metres (cum) of water each.

Not only will the scheme allow utilisation of surplus water which otherwise goes to the drains and squatters on the roads, it will also prove instrumental in lifting the declining ground water and prevent potholes created on the roads during the rainy season, claim officials.

The idea was formulated after a technical committee of the university conducted a campus specific study on the rainwater harvesting, which revealed that the average annual rainfall in the campus is 1,074 mille metres (mm) and the excessive water generated during the rain is 2,800 cum (cubic metres), which is being wasted.

The project, which is being sponsored by the Central Ground Water Board through the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, is currently at the planning stage and is likely to commence once the government releases the estimated cost which has been verbally assured, said the university officials.

Source: Neha Miglani Tribune News Service