Kusum Arora , Jalandhar, July 22:-A team of scientists from 13 states on Saturday launched the centre sponsored scheme of cleaning and rejuvenating village ponds in the country from Seechewal village in Sultanpur Lodhi.The scientists met environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal and paid a visit to the ponds cleaned by him in the village.They also studied the cost effective methods adopted by the environmentalist to not only clean the ponds and treat its water for agricultural purposes.Scientists from Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka and Punjab were present to understand the functioning of Seechewal model.Dr Bhup Singh, who was leading the delegation of scientists said that the centre government was committed to help recharge the depleting ground water table. This scheme would be implemented in to clean the polluted ponds in all the villages of the country.A Punjab government sponsored workshop in association with Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Ludhiana was also held, where the delegates were informed about the success of Seechewal Model.PAU scientist Dr Manmohanjeet Singh said that it was must that Punjab adopted the Seechewal Model technique to clean village ponds. “Common man was blindly wasting water. On the other hand, the natural water resources were polluted, putting an imminent danger of scarcity of potable water. Punjab should also implement the Seechewal Model to help rejuvenate the natural water bodies”, he said.The scientists were also shown the successful model of Kali Bein, which was single handedly cleaned by Baba Seechewal along with his volunteers. The environmentalist said that polluted water bodies could prove to be a boon for the people, provided such initiatives were made a public campaign.
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