The National Water Mission’s campaign called “Catch the Rain” will be launched by Union Government across the country and is set to nudge the stakeholders.
The campaign’s tagline “Catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls” will help in creating the appropriate Rain Water Harvesting Structures which are suitable for the climatic conditions and subsoil strata before the monsoon make its fall. It will run the drives to make check dams, rooftop Rain Water Harvesting Structures, water harvesting pits, desilting of tanks to increase its storage capacity and removal of encroachments. The campaign will also help in removing obstructions in channels, repairs to step-wells etc. All these activities will be taken up by active participation of people.
How these activities will be facilitated?
The central government has requested the state govts to open Rain Centres in each district, collectorates or Municipalities or Gram Panchayats in order to facilitate these activities. These Rain Centres will have a dedicated mobile phone number during this period. It will be manned by an engineer or a person who is well trained in the Rain Water Harvesting Structures. The Rain Centres will act as a technical guidance centre in all the district and raise awareness as to how to catch the rain, when it falls, where it falls.
Aim of the campaign
It will be launched with the aim and effort to ensure that buildings in the district have rooftop Rain Water Harvesting Structures so that maximum quantity of rain water falling in any compound is impounded within it. It also seeks to ensure that, no or only limited water flows out of the compound. This would help in improving soil moisture and rising the ground water table. Further, it will reduce the accumulation of water on the roads in urban areas.
Catch the Rain campaign launched