Churu: Churu Police is always on its toes due to various crimes, some times due to bootlegging from neighboring Haryana and other times due to gang wars in the district. This time, the police has done something off beat for the animals especially abundant deer in this area. They have developed Johar (water reservoir for drinking and bathing of animals) at Gajsar village of the district.
To construct it from ground zero to a fully-developed reservoir they have contributed their one-day salary and collected Rs 25 lakh to make a dish-shaped reservoir. Policemen have not only contributed their salary but they have also worked here as Labour for the construction work. Places like Tal Chhapar sanctuary are already popular for deer lovers.
When contacted Rahul Barhat, superintendent of police, said, "During Mukhyamantri Jal Swawlamban Abhiyan, the director general of police had asked all the district police to adopt or develop some water reservoir. We have developed it and now it is our responsibility to take care of plantation and other things near it. More than 200 trees were already planted with the area and have covered them properly."
He added that Churu, which is a complete desert district and remains coldest in winters and hottest in summers, had witnessed dying of animals in the scarcity of water. "This Johar has a capacity to store 25 lakh litres of water. As it is been a good monsoon it might reach its full capacity level. We have also developed catchment area in this dish-shaped Johar to utilize every drop of rain water," he added.
"Unlike other areas where trees are planted and not been looked after well, we are ensuring that every tree should get ample water. Some of the trees planted are desert tree which need less water. Likewise, 2 policemen in two shits of 12 hour each are deployed at this Johar everyday," he added.
He said that for the past some months since it is fully developed foreign tourists who come to visit Churu also come to see the traditional Johar. "Some of the local tour operators have requested us to permit to take tourists on the spot. We have allowed developing this place," he added.
Kesar Singh, additional superintendent of police, Churu who was instrumental in getting the things done for the Johar, said, "Some of our policemen who are not been working properly at police lines are sent to this Johar for this work. Our man power is been utilized. We are aiming at developing more than 2000 trees to make it lush green place." At this Johar the policemen are sent every day and they take care of the place in two shifts.