Nagaland Governor P B Acharya on Friday said rainwater harvesting was the need of the hour and called for switching to an eco friendly rainwater harvesting system.
Acharya further said that the technique is neither complicated nor time consuming and would result in a wide range of benefits for home or business.
The Governor said this while speaking at an outreach programme for promoting rainwater harvesting launched under his initiative at Raj Bhavan in Kohima on Friday.
Acharya said two thirds of the world was filled with water, but human beings have created water scarcity by degrading the environment.
The Governor was of the view that Nagaland was richly blessed with plenty of water and it would be a good thing if households adopted a method of harvesting rainwater to use during the dry seasons.
The Governor further said that since most parts of the State receive rainfall for six months or more, rainwater harvesting would be beneficial for the people.
He also encouraged the people to set up water tanks and harvest the rain water to address the water scarcity problem in the State.
Addressing the gathering, Principal Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, Piyush Goyal, said it is ironical that Nagaland was among the places that received the highest rainfall but faced acute shortage of water during the winter seasons.
He further stated that it was high time the people realize the reality and take measures to preserve water by building water conservation and storage structures to ensure a source of water during the dry seasons.
He added that this was the first step to motivate people to consider water conservation measures of their own.
At the programme, 20 beneficiaries were selected via a lucky draw for distribution of 3000 litre water tanks at 50 per cent subsidy.