CHENNAI:The Rotary Club of Madras launched a water conservation project and released a postal cover and stamp, on Tuesday.
Speaking at the event, a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay, Rajendra Singh said, “Chennai’s water bodies could be saved from encroachment, if the government gives an identification mark for it and demarcates its boundaries,”
The ‘Waterman of India’ also said that the State could stop encroachment on water bodies by notifying it on the map.
He said that Chennai requires water literacy movement to create awareness among the people to conserve water. He expressed concern over the depletion of ground water resources. The wells are drying up and aquifers are getting empty as there is no recharge, he said.
Post Master General of Chennai City Region Merwin Alexander, who released the special cover as well as ‘My stamp’ said that such releases by postal department would help spread the message of water conservation.
Rotary Club has lined up various events to spread awareness on water conservation, These include providing rain water harvesting facilities at school, besides a mega event at theJawaharlal Nehru stadium in January.