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A battle to preserve water

- ISM alumnus works out ways to use resource responsibly

A former MBA student of Indian School of Mines has proposed measures to cope with the water crisis in Dhanbad.

The measures suggested by Abhinav Kumar Srivastava, who is at present pursuing his PhD at NIMS University, Rajasthan, is based on a year-long study conducted by him in Dhanbad — from October 2010 to November 2011. The scholar also drew upon his experiences of carrying out a survey for the municipal corporation of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka while working on his thesis on workers’ participation in management and policy making.

The son of BCCL employee R.K. Srivastava, Abhinav worked in Moratuwa between January 29 and February 3, thanks to an initiative of the Sri Lankan government to welcome talents from Saarc countries to work in the island nation.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Abhinav said Dhanbad is surrounded by rivers like Barakar and Damodar and Maithon Lake. “Despite the presence of water bodies and a healthy monsoon, Dhanbad faces scarcity of water, particularly in Kendua Bridge area, Kustore, Jharia and Bhuli Colony due to several reasons,” he said.

According to him, digging up of pipelines, lack of technological reengineering and non-adoption of modern system of water transportation were the main reasons why there was a water crisis, which could be solved by adopting an integrated water resource management policy.

“Instead of wasting drinking water, policy makers in Dhanbad should think of using greywater or waste water for household chores. Drinking water should be responsibly used,” said Abhinav.

He added that rainwater harvesting was another way to manage the resource better. According to him, a technological reengineering survey should be carried out in Dhanbad every six months to keep up with the latest technology.

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