Ziphenyu | June 3
Parliamentary secretary for PWD (Housing) Er Levi Rengma was appreciative of the ongoing training -cum- workshop on ‘Participatory Springshed Development’ under the aegis of Land Resources Department Nagaland in collaboration with People’s Science Institute (PSI) Dehradun here at Ziphenyu village under Tseminyu Sub Division of Kohima district.
Addressing the trainees from 11 districts here today, he was optimistic that the concept of Springshed development would fetch a huge impact to the declaration of the year 2016 as the “Year of rain water conservation” under Tseminyu Division. He said due to deforestation and habitation, water scarcity has been reported across the state, for which rain water conservation is necessitated. The parliamentary secretary also stressed on the urgent need to conserve water by developing natural water sources and rain water harvesting structures.
Er. Levi called upon the community to come forward and gain maximum benefit from the concept of Springshed development, which he said will not only offer safe drinking water but also contribute a lot to agricultural practices.
This Springshed development concept under Participatory Ground Water Management programme, is part of SPEED (Special Programme for Economic & Environmental Development), launched by the Land Resources Department in commemoration of the 50th year of statehood.
Nagaland being a predominantly rural and hilly state with more than 90 per cent of water demand for domestic purpose in rural areas depending on springs, it is important to revive and rejuvenate the dying springs and to increase the water availability through Springshed development, according to the land resource development department.
The department has taken initiative for Springshed development in 2015 which seeks to address the issues of regenerating springs, streams and underground flows.
The prime focus is to identify recharge area of springs and streams and enhance recharge through community-led (participatory) actions and for proper management and equitable distribution of water, the report stated, adding that Springshed development can help enhance rainfall infiltration into the ground, recharge springs, revive dysfunctional traditional systems, moderate flood peaks and recharge streams and rivers.
The department stated that water quality testing has been carried out and awareness created among the primary stakeholders on conservation and management of natural springs.
It has identified 11 springs from 11 districts of Nagaland to develop them into model Springshed.
Topics being covered at the ongoing workshop at Ziphenyu includes; groundwater and its significance, basis scientific concepts of springs, ground water storage, hydrogeological mapping, community mobilization and participation, participatory planning process and principles, Springshed planning and management, water quality testing etc. etc.
Field visit is also part of the workshop. The resource persons of the workshop includes Aukit Saxena- water quality expert, Vargish Bamola, geologist, Sreedip Ghosh- geologist, all from People’s Science Institute (PSI) Dehradun.
The function was chaired by Khrolhiweu Tsuhah, Northeast Coordinator PSI. Albert Ngullie, deputy director land resources also present at the function. The workshop will culminate on June 4.