Work to lay pipeline network for subsurface drip irrigation began at Jubilee Park on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Less is more to keep Jubilee Park green.
A competent conservation technique, better known as subsurface drip irrigation (SDI), is being launched to sustain Jamshedpur’s sprawling landmark and ensure that the pressure is minimal on the water table.
Arguably the first such initiative to maximise use of the natural resource at a public park in Bihar-Jharkhand, work to lay the underground “drip line” to deliver water directly at the root of plants began at the 237.75-acre green lung on Friday.
“SDI has been used in commercial nurseries and agricultural operations in India, but rarely in a public park,” said a senior Jusco official.
The Tata Steel subsidiary’s horticulture department has set a month’s target to complete the first phase of the drip irrigation system in the six-acre Rose Garden and Mughal Garden of Jubilee Park. “After completion of the first phase, the SDI will be introduced across the park, especially near flowering plants, to maintain the greenscape,” said Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan.
The initiative aims to reduce water use by about 60 per cent at the park, which was a gift from Tata Steel to the city when it turned 50 in 1958.
The Mughal Garden is modelled on the famous Brindavan Gardens of Mysore and designed by architect duo B.S. Nirody and G.H. Krumbiegel. The Rose Garden has over 1,000 varieties of the flower. The other crowdpullers of the park are Jayanti Sarovar, Smriti Udyan, Nicco Amusement Park, the laser show and musical fountain, Tata zoo, a children’s corner, the Jubilee Nehru tree and Shatabdi Udyan (developed by Tata steel to mark its centenary year) and Upavan (the picnic spot).
“The drip irrigation system will not only save water, but will also ensure better fertilisation by allowing water to slowly reach the roots through a network of pipes and emitters. In short, water distribution will be uniform,” said Rajan.
Also, he added, field levelling was not necessary for laying the pipes. Recycled, non-potable water can be used and soil erosion and weed growth is lessened through such method as rows between plant are left dry. It also saves time and labour.
Water will be drawn from Jayanti Sarovar and Subernarekha River twice daily for use. “Huge amount of water is required to maintain the green cover at the park. We have already started recharge pits to conserve groundwater. The SDI will be another effort to achieve the goal,” the Jusco spokesperson summed it up.