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We generally receive rainfall in heavy showers followed by dry spells. When it rains heavily the soil is not able to absorb water at the rate of rainfall. As a result most of the rain drains away, leaving very little for storage & the recharge of groundwater. This makes most parts of India experience lack of water even for domestic usage. Thus it does not matter how much rain we get, if we don't harvest it.
Susanta Biswas made a documentary titled "Jol Dharo – Jol Bharo (Preserve Water, Reserve Water)" [Bengali, English, Hindi, Santali, Nepali & Urdu. 11 mints. Produced by Government of West Bengal in cooperation with Department of Water Resources Investigation and Development] on the Government of West Bengal pioneering project to preserve rain water with a focus on the activities of State Water Investigation Directorate in this regard. To preserve rain water and other natural water available on the earth's surface by carefully controlling the respective resources, Govt. of West Bengal has initiated the project. And initiatives are being taken to establish appropriate storage tanks and check-dams of various capacities in different areas at the state, in implementing its goal.
The documentary dealt with this issue of water resource management in water-scarce region in West Bengal, an eastern region state of India where the majority of rural population depends on agriculture for their livelihood. Thus lack of adequate water resource has inducted high level of uncertainty and insecurity in the mind of the local inhabitant. The Jol Dharo – Jol Bharo (Preserve Water, Reserve Water) initiative of Government of West Bengal tries to provide a replicable framework as a solution to this ecological inequality in the face of looming impacts of climate change.
The SUSANTA BISWAS documentary 'Jal Dharo, Jal Bharo' produced by the Govt of West Bengal is archived with:
1) State Central Library, Department of Mass Education Extension & Library Services, West Bengal
2) National Library, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India
3) Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation, Department of Culture, Govt. of India
4) Nandan, West Bengal Film Centre
5) Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi, Department of Information and Cultural Affairs, Government of West Bengal
6) Bangiya Sahitya Parishad, Kolkata
7) Rammohun Library & Free Reading Room, Kolkata
8) Institution of Engineers (India), West Bengal State Centre