Kohima, July 11: A pilot project on multi-stakeholders initiative to provide drinking water security by adopting scientific method on springshed management in 100 villages in rural areas of Nagaland was launched today at SIRD, Rural Development Department.
The programme was organized by North East Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA), an initiative of Tata Trusts.
Secretary for Rural Development, Nepuso Theluo in his opening remarks said the launching of springshed management is very important in the context of Nagaland, as Nagas mostly depends on spring water for almost all household requirement as well as for agricultural use.
Expressing optimism that the project would be a success and cover all the villages in the state, he said in many villages the spring water dries up especially during winter season, which is a big concern.
Maintaining that the first phase, covering 100 villages especially the rural areas, is a bold step taken by the converging departments, he hoped that within three years many more villages will be covered. In this, he said the rural development department needs to take active part in implementing the project to be successful. He also urged all the partner institutes and conversion departments to take a challenge and work with sincerity and dedication.
A consortium comprising of the Government of Nagaland – Department of Rural Development and Department of Land Resources, Tata Trusts, Arghyam, Advanced Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM), People’s Science Institute (PSI), North East Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA) & Eleutheros Christian Society (ECS) has agreed to work together under a three years project to provide water security by adopting scientific approach of springshed management in 100 villages in rural Nagaland. The overall goal of the project is to provide seasonal water security and conservation of springs with a technically sound spring revival initiative, build capacities at multiple levels of state institutions – village, district and state to undertake springshed management and scale up the intervention across the state. Through springshed management, the project also aims to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change affecting drinking water security in the state. (Page News Service)