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2017-09-12 17:10:31

Consultative Committee meeting of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, calls for Desilting and River Linking

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari has called for a new comprehensive law to deal with the issue of desilting of rivers. Addressing the meeting of the Consultative Committee of Parliament attached to his Ministry in New Delhi today on the issue of flood management the Minister said this new law will be framed in consultation with States. Expressing concern on the plight of people of the flood prone areas of the country, Shri Gadkari said there is an urgent need to effectively meet the challenges of flood in the country. The Minister was of the opinion that measure like inter linking of rivers and construction of check dams should also be given priority to mitigate the flood fury. Shri Gadkari said, “We have to strengthened and improve our flood forecasting network”. Referring to the outcome of the Multi-Modal Ensemble (MME) and Global Forecast System (GFS) of flood forecasting the Minister said the lead time of advisory forecast is proposed to be increased to five to seven days. The Minister informed the members that inundation forecast for Mahanadi Delta in Odisha using Digital Elevation Model of 0.5m contour interval has been attempted with limited data. He said the results are under verification by State Government and the same is likely to be made functional by 2018. Shri Gadkari said the see surge and radar data are to be integrated with the Inundation Forecast Model. Similar Digital Elevation Model for other flood prone areas in the country is planned to be generated by the year 2020, the Minister added.

The Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that his Ministry will start work on three river interlinking projects within the next three months. These include the Ken-Betwa Linking Project, Damanganga- Pinjal Link Project and the Par-Tapi-Narmada Link projects. Shri Gadkari said that the three projects are ready with all necessary approvals, and he will hold meetings with the concerned Chief Ministers soon to sort out inter-state issues so that the three projects can take off within the next three months.

Shri Gadkari was speaking at the 31st Annual General Meeting of the National Water Development Agency Society in New Delhi today. Ministers of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation The AGM was also attended by Water Resources/ Irrigation Ministers from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Rajasthan.

Expressing his concern about the plight of people in the thirteen drought prone and seven flood prone regions of the country, Shri Gadkari stressed upon the need to develop effective means for conserving the available water and sharing what is surplus. In this context he said there is a need to evolve ways to conserve the nearly 60-70 percent of water that runs-off into the oceans.

Shri Gadkari also said that socio- economic cost of water projects should be taken into account while preparing DPR. He also underscored the need for developing innovative funding models for water projects, and accessing loans at very low rates of interest. He assured that he would also take up this issue with the Central Government.

The Minister of State Shri Satya Pal Singh said that successful models of water conservation and water management from different parts of the country should be documented and circulated by the Ministry so that regions can benefit from each others’ experience.

The State Water Resources Ministers drew attention to the specific water related issues in their respective states and how they were dealing The Members of Parliament attending the meeting supported the measures taken by the Ministry for flood management in the Country. One member suggested that more thrust should be given on inter linking of rivers. Another member was of the opinion that in more embankment should constructed along with river ganga to check the flood.

The following members of Parliament attended the meeting Shri AT (Nana) Patil, Smt. Anju Bala, Shri Bahadur Singh Koli, Shri Dharambir Bhaleram, Shri Prem Singh Chandumajra, Shri Sunil Kumar Mondal and Dr. Swami Sakshiji Maharaj (All from Lok Sabha) and Shri Ram Narain Dubi from Rajya Sabha.

Ministers of State in the Ministry Dr Arjun Ram Meghwal, Secretary Dr. Amarjit Singh, Chairman, CWC Shri Narendra Kumar, DG, NDWA Shri S Masood Husain and other senior officials of the Ministry also attended the meeting.

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