Calicut University has grand water conservation plan this monsoon
Calicut University, one of the prominent universities in Kerala, is implementing an ambitious rainwater harvesting plan by digging up 8000 rainwater moisture conservation pits and large ponds on the campus. When work is completed it will be one of the best water conservation systems in a Kerala state university.
Already, five large ponds with capacity to hold 7000 cubic metres of water have been dug up. Around 3000 silt pits to retain water are also in place in the university’s 540 acre campus, and there are plans to dig up 5000 more of those this year itself.
“We would be the most monsoon-ready campus in the state. With the completion of the project now, not a drop of water in the campus will go waste,” told T J Martin, estate administrative officer, to the media.
He added that the positive outcomes of the project were being felt this summer itself with the households on the periphery of the campus, which used to experience severe water scarcity, having adequate water in their wells.
He claimed that the pits have helped improve soil texture and contain soil erosion.
As part of its green campus initiative, the university has also planted 1500 mango trees and initiated steps to establish a model nursery with a Rs 25 lakh funding from Horticulture Mission. By these measures, the authorities hope to reverse the negative impact on water table that planting of acacia trees in 400 acres of its land years back has had.