Senior citizens to help civic body save water

Mumbai, March 2 -- From next week, Worli resident Sharad Dicholkar, 66, will spend his day advocating the need to save water and promote rainwater harvesting in the housing societies and educational institutions in his neighbourhood.

For, Dicholkar and other aged representatives across the city's 24 wards have been assigned the task of creating awareness of the Brihamumbai Municipal Corporation's water conservation drive. "As we have the time and experience, we would like to help the civic body in creating awareness about the initiative. It will also be a service to the society," said Dicholkar, a retired banker.

The civic hydraulic engineering department plans to hold interactive workshops and presentations to train the senior citizens. The senior citizens' group from each ward would be asked to devise plans to reach out to the locals.

Sitaram Kunte, municipal commissioner, said, "Water is a scarce resource that needs to be conserved. At a time when several regions in the state are facing drought, saving water seems to be of prime importance."

"With their experience and skills, getting senior citizens to spread the word among students and neighbours is ideal. We will impart the necessary training and knowledge to them," said Kunte.

Sailesh Mishra, from Silver Innings Foundation, an NGO, said, "Any message by senior citizens carries a certain weight, owing to the respect they command. Also, they can be trusted to take up the cause with dedication, as they too want to put their experience and skills to use."

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.