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National seminar on managing water resources
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Jul. 2010 12:16 AM IST
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A one- day national level seminar on integrated water resource management with special reference to NE states was held at Patkai Christian College (PCC) on Thursday with SDO (PHE) Longleng Er. Kedolhuto Punyü as chief guest at the inaugural function. The seminar sponsored by University Grants Commission (UGC) was conducted in collaboration with ICFAI University.
The SDO expressed concern over the depleting water resources and water table in the state. He asserted that the situation was quite alarming considering the rate at which the resources were dwindling and also pointed out that the agri sector was the most affected while deforestation was one of the main causes for depleting water resources.
Elaborating on water resource system, he informed that except for Dimapur and some low lying areas, most of the areas in other districts depended mostly on spring water and rain water because of the location. He also informed that PHE department was taking up a lot of water shed development projects along with other schemes to supply adequate water supply. However, he maintained that actual implementation on ground was not so encouraging and admitted that lack of coordination among various departments was another stumbling block.
He informed that apart from Dimapur, four other districts namely Kohima, Mokokchung, Wokha and Phek will be equipped with water testing laboratories.
Delivering the keynote address, Principal (Academic wing) ICFAI Dr. Charles P. Alexander elucidated that integrated water resource management not only involved quantity but also quality of water. “It is important that a discourse on water resource management cannot overlook the importance of safe drinking water” he asserted. He also stated that allocation of power in term of resources was with nature but the logistics for storage, utilization and redistribution of the resources solely depended on man willingness to use technology to the advantage of both man and nature.
Quoting Prof. Amartya Sen, he said that it was not the question of having enough water but of inappropriate distribution of water. “However, on the whole, the need of the hour is sustainable policies for water storage and redistribution, along with a stable and reliable pollution control policies, within the framework of integrated water resources management” he stated.
Earlier, the principal of PCC Hüsazü Epao also reiterated on the importance of managing the depleting ground level of water and the impact of environmental pollution on the water resources.
The resource persons for the seminar included Dr Rabin Jyoti Khatanair of PCC, Sanjay Kumar Pandey of Baptist College Kohima, Samrat Goswami and V.T Vasagan from ICFAI university, Jayanta Deka of Pragjyotish College Guwahati and Bedabrat Saikia of Handique Girls college.

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