New Delhi: India is reeling under severe water scarcity after the level of water in major reservoirs and river basins have fallen. At such a time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (June 30) pitched for the conservation of rain water.

PM Modi said that there is a pressing need to make water conservation a mass movement on the lines of the cleanliness drive. In the first address of the second edition of the monthly radio address 'Mann ki Baat', the prime minister also said that the 'one size fits all' approach is not required for water conservation.

"In different parts, different methods may be adopted but the aim is the same — to conserve every drop of water," he said.

PM Modi also appealed to all Indians, including eminent people from all walks of life to create awareness on water conservation. He even went on to urge the people to share knowledge of the traditional methods of water conservation.

"If you know about any individuals or NGOs working on water (conservation), do share the details," he said. He asked people to use #JanShakti4JalShakti to upload their content relating to water conservation.

Several cities across India are facing water shortage as water levels in various dams and water bodies has gone down significantly.

Tamil film superstar Rajinikanth had on Saturday (June 29) said that Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) should be taken up on a war-footing to address the acute water crisis in the state.

"As of now, immediate measures that need to be taken is saving rain water. It should be on a war-footing mode. Then all water bodies, including lakes and ponds need to be desilted ahead of the monsoon season,” he said while addressing reporters.

The city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu is facing a severe crisis with all four major reservoirs supplying water going bone dry, forcing residents to look for alternatives to tide over the crisis.