Rainwater Harvesting: Kerala will Seek All Possibilities, Says Minister


Thiruvananthapuram: Incorporating rural technology, Kerala Government will explore all possibilities in rainwater harvesting, Kadakampally Surendran, Kerala Minister for Cooperation and Tourism,  informed a seminar on rainwater harvesting organised by Habitat Technology Group as part of its ongoing 30th-anniversary celebrations here the other day.

The rainwater run-off in Kerala has grown into such a grave situation that it does not even collect a quarter of the rainwater stored in an arid state like Rajasthan, he said. Construction methods have been transformed to such an extent that even a drop of water is not allowed to infiltrate. The government would take all steps to promote green construction protecting the earth and water. It would support organisations like Habitat Technology in its effort to conserve the greenery through rural construction technology, the Minister said.

Fritz Porcheke, Director, Research and Development, WISY AG, a German organisation which has been a global provider and the leading manufacturer of high-quality rainwater harvesting systems, presented the theme paper at the seminar.  Dr. W R Reddy IAS, Director, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj; Dhareshan Unnithan, Director, Energy Management Centre-Kerala, among others, participated in the discussions.

The exhibition on affordable ethnic construction and rural technology, organised by Habitat at Poojappura Ground here is drawing huge crowds, including eminent persons from various sectors.