Water conservation should become a mass movement: PM

Vadodara (Guj), January 5 () Prime Minister Narendra Modion said on Sunday that water conservation should become a mass movement, and praised the organizers of the Vadodara International Marathon (VIM) here for his effort to create awareness on the subject

The ninth edition of the VIM was designated here on Sunday morning by Gujarat Prime Minister Vijay Rupani.

In a message to Tejal Amin, president of VIM, Modi said that Vadodara Marathon 2020's effort to spread awareness about physical fitness and water conservation is considered and timely.

Citizens' aptitude is essential for a healthy nation, he said.

Similarly, the issue of water conservation is of the utmost importance, the prime minister said in the message, adding that water scarcity affects many parts of the country every year, but not even 10 percent of the water received of rains throughout the year is harvested and this should change.

We need to work together so that water becomes a shared commitment. It is time to turn it into a Jan andolan (mass movement) and conserve water for present and future generations, Modi added.

Cleophas Caeppkwony of Kenya won the marathon, finishing in 2 hours, 25 minutes and 10 seconds.

Kenyan teammates Michael Kipego (2 hours, 29 minutes and 8 seconds) and Isaaz Kemboi (2 hours 32 minutes and 53 seconds) came in second and third place.

More than one lakh runner, including disabled athletes and 73 international athletes from 11 countries participated in the marathon. Deepa Malik, the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympic Games, was the marathon ambassador. COR KRK KRK