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M’laya to have water policy of its own
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 11 (NPN):
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Published on 12 Mar. 2011 1:24 AM IST
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Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today said that his government is in the process of framing comprehensive water policy to preserve and conserve the water resources in the state.
“The depletion of groundwater table in the state is serious concern and it need to be address seriously for sustainable of our water resources,” he told the assembly, while replying to a motion on the need to have “Water Policy” in the state.
Stating that the government is in the process the framing comprehensive water policy, the Chief Minister lamented the severe water shortage in certain areas of the state; even then Meghalaya has the proud privilege of receiving the heaviest rainfall in the world.
Sangma also informed a full-fledged Water Resources department has been created keeping in view the crucial role to ensure drinking water security, agriculture production and food security and ecological balance and overall sustainable development.
Further, he said that the government is also in the process of promoting Water Resources Development Agency to address the issues relating to the holistic development of water resources and promote convergence and participatory development in the water sector.
He said the government will be also strengthening the knowledge management in relation to water resources through application of IT enabled services, GIS resources and campaign for effective awareness and capacity building of different stakeholders in the water sector.
United Democratic Party legislator Ardent M Basaiawmoit, who raised the motion on the need to have “Water Policy” in the state, informed the assembly that the state is presently is facing a problem to the provide the potable drinking water to its people.
“It is matter of serious concern that the state does not have a policy to deal with this problem (water shortage),” he said, while urging the government to expedite to frame a policy to regulate and ensure sustainable method of using water resources both over ground and groundwater.
Basaiawmoit said if the government failed to address the issue, the impact will be more the on the poor section of the society since the poor people both in the urban and rural areas the have almost negligible access to potable drinking water.

 
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