Mysore: Mysore division of South Western Railways is going green through a massive tree plantation project, and large scale rain water harvesting plans. Plans are to adopt rainwater harvesting, cut down usage of water.
The Mysore Railway Station which presently utilises 12 lakh litres of water for various purposes, will soon cut down the usage by 50 per cent, with the rainwater harvesting project in the pipeline. The station faced an acute water shortage this summer, as the KRS had completely dried up.
Divisional Railway Manager, SWR, Vinod Kumar said that an initiative had been taken to harvest rain water at two places. Roof water at the station too would be harvested to overcome water shortage. Three ponds with a capacity to collect a total of seven lakh litre water are being constructed. The pond near the entrance of the Railway Colony, near Akashavani Circle, with capacity of 50,000 litre is ready for harvesting.
The 1.5 lakh litre capacity pond on KRS road near Railway Quarters and the five lakh capacity pond to harvest rain and roof water at the station is underway.
Measures are also being taken to set up a recycling plant, to recycle water used for washing coaches at the station. It will be treated and reused. Guppy fishes are also bred in the ponds to feed on the larvae of mosquitoes. The total project cost has been pegged at Rs 1.5 crore. Of this Rs four lakh has been spent on construction of the ponds.
Harvesting at the colonies are done to recharge the depleting ground water to facilitate constant borewell water supply, while, at station, the same will be used to wash coaches.
The division has also taken up ‘massive tree plantation programme,’ since this monsoon, under which a total of 28,000 saplings have been planted in its limits. As many as 2,000 saplings at Railway Colonies at Vontikoppal and Ashokpuram, one thousand at Arsikere, 200 at Shimoga, Davangere, Harihar and Hassan colonies, have been planted.
A total of 6,000 saplings have been planted at various stations of the divisions including K R Nagar and Holenarsipur. As many as 15,000 saplings along the railway tracks have also planted. Kumar said that only 26,000 plants have survived.
He said that rain water harvesting did “miracles” in balancing the depleting water table. “Many lakes have been dried up causing imbalance in nature. We have taken up the green initiatives in an attempt to protect the nature,” he added.
He said, the idea was implemented at Hubli and other stations, but was first in the Cauvery belt.
He said that the trees would help in providing shade for passengers waiting at the stations. “They will also help prevent encroachments along the railway tracks, thus protecting the railway property,” he added.