Late action by the forest department resulted in wastage of rain water which could have been used at the Keoladeo National Park, a world renowned bird sanctuary. Despite a recurring problem, the department realised it very late that the park might face water scarcity if the pumps were not provided electricity to rain water from Goverdhan Drain.
Though, now these pumps have been functioning for last 10 days and water is being supplied to the park, a lot of rain water has already gone waste.
Earlier, water scarcity was again staring in park’s face. This, despite the Goverdhan Drain Project, that gave a new lease of life to the sanctuary. For want of financial sanction for electricity to pumps installed for lifting water, the drain might have become unusable.
The Goverdhan Drain was created as a result of frequent flash flood which damaged the Bharatpur and Kaman area during every monsoon. “Initially, the drain would be emptied in the Yamuna.
But, when drought hit the park, it was decided that this water would be brought to the park instead of Yamuna. The government sanctioned Rs 56 crore for the 17-km long drain and a large tank to store water,” said a park ranger.
This water has to be lifted and pumped using water pumps through the drain to the park. “Eight pumps have been installed at the tank which supplies water to park. Last year a generator was used to provide electricity to the pumps. But, since then the electricity connection was not provided rendering the pumps unusable,” said an official wishing anonymity.
The rain-fed drain started receiving water during recent rains but with no electricity connection the same could not be pumped to Ghana. “The problem occurred over payment of electricity connection and electricity bill.
The files kept lying with various departments. Finally, when it was realised that the park might be left without water, the forest department got into act and the required sanction was obtained,” a senior electricity department official said.