The charm of the Maotha lake situated outside the historic Amber Fort, near here, will be restored with its replenishment with water supplied from Banas river’s Bisalpur dam. The lake, which collects rain water flowing down from the nearby hills, has at present very little water after it remained dried-up for several months.The picturesque lake, which has the “Kesar Kyari” garden in its middle, was the main source of water for the Amber Palace and common people before the erstwhile royal capital was shifted to the newly-built Jaipur city in 18th century.The Water Resources Department’s plan to fill up the lake artificially will improve the ground water recharge, help in the supply of drinking water to the residents of Amber town and provide water to wild animals in the region. This is the second such exercise being undertaken after 2012 to revive traditional water sources and restore environmental balance.Public Health Engineering Department’s Principal Secretary Sandeep Verma said here on Tuesday that the Bisalpur dam in Tonk district, which was full to the brim after an increase in water inflow from its catchment areas during monsoon, was the “natural choice” as source of water for Maotha lake. The dam is currently supplying water to Jaipur, Tonk and Ajmer towns.Mr. Verma said the Maotha lake’s capacity was 300 million litres, which was equivalent to one day’s water supply from Bisalpur to Jaipur. “The water body’s replenishment will increase the water table of local sources by about 5 metres, which will give a major relief to the town’s residents,” he said.‘No adverse impact’ Mr. Verma said there was no possibility of adverse impact by the supply of water to Maotha lake on the availability of drinking water in Jaipur and other towns, for which the Bisalpur dam had emerged as a lifeline during the last decade.
Incessant rain since Friday night has wreaked havoc in Bihar, including the State’s capital, Patna.In view of the forecast of continuous rain, a red alert has been sounded in 13 districts in north Bihar.In Patna, the situation has become alarming and the stagnant rainwater has forced people to remain inside their houses.In Rajendra Nagar, Kankarbagh, Kadam Kuan and Patliputra colony, rainwater entered houses, forcing people to move to higher floors or other places.Telephone lines and mobile services have collapsed in these areas, with massive shutdown of electricity since Friday night.Schools and offices have been closed.Train services too have been temporarily suspended, especially on the Gaya-Koderma, Ara-Sasaram and Samatipur-Darbhanga routes.“Several trains have been affected on several routes because of heavy rain”, said Rajesh Kumar, Chief Public Relations Officer of East Central Railway.The State Disaster Management Department has sounded a red alert, especially in 13 districts of north Bihar, in view of the heavy rain on Saturday.“District officials have been have been asked to be fully prepared to face the sitaution”, said Disaster Management Department Principal Secretary Pratyay Amrit.Meanwhile, the Water Resources Department too has sounded an alert as water levels in the Ganga and the Gandak have been rising, causing pressure to embankment at some places.At most places, the Ganga is flowing above the danger mark. In Patna too, the river is flowing above danger mark.In the State capital, the situation is worse as people are marooned in waterlogged areas, with heavy rain pouring since Friday night. At hospitals, rainwater entered wards, causing major inconvenience to patients.“What to do…it seems all the drainage system of Patna has been clogged and water has become stagnant…worse, it is still raining”, said Atul Kumar, a doctor in Rajendra Nagar.
While the spotlight is on Argentina and specifically Lionel Messi, one can’t forget that it takes two teams to play a football match.While everyone is talking about the Argentine team from the moment they landed at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, the Venezuela outfit has been carrying on with their duties slowly but steadily.The Venezuelan players have decided to go ahead and promote the development of the game at the grassroots in the country.With Real Madrid opening their first football academy in Asia in Kheada – a village in West Bengal – to tap raw talent in rural areas, the Venezuela players have decided to go and spend time with the kids there and share their experiences with them.This sounds like exciting times for the kids as they are set to meet Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and star players like Iker Casillas in December for an interactive session.For the record, Venezuela had a terrific run in the recent Copa America and made it to the semi- finals before losing to Paraguay in a penalty shootout.With their domestic league turning professional only in 1957 and them getting international exposure only since 1967, it is no mean feat that 17 of the 23 players who have been selected for the match ply their trade in Europe.They might have not made the cut for the 2010 World Cup, but they can surely teach Indian youngsters a thing or two about how to go about chasing one’s dream to become a successful professional footballer.advertisementSujit Brahmachary, director of Institute for Indian Mother and Child (IIMC), said that Venezuela’s initiative to come forward and help was overwhelming.”The Real Foundation has already done a lot for the youngsters and now with Venezuela players keen to spend time with the kids, we are extremely pleased.”The aim has been to ensure that the youngsters in rural areas get to play the global game and if they get to meet international quality players and learn from them, what could be better. We are keenly looking forward to the meeting and interactive sessions,” he told MAIL TODAY.The foundation also plans to set up logistical facilities and has already signed a three-year contract with IIMC. It hopes the project will be as successful as the Tata Football Academy.