Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday stated that India doesn’t have a shortage of water, but added that water administration within the nation was inadequate.
Gadkari made the remarks on the National Water Awards ceremony for 2018 in New Delhi.
The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation instituted the National Water Awards to stress the significance of water useful resource administration in India.
The prime goal of the awards is to carry the perfect efforts in water conservation to the nationwide entrance and encourage all stakeholders to handle their water sources effectively.
Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari stated that poor water administration was the rationale why the awards “spanning all sectors” had been instituted – to encourage water conservation within the nation.
He introduced that 400 million litres per day (MLD) water from the Okhla barrage will probably be handled and used for Delhi via the Wazirabad barrage. He stated quite a few initiatives have been accomplished below the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMSKY), including that desire has been given to piped irrigation as a substitute of canal irrigation to be able to preserve water. Existing canals are additionally being concretised to keep away from wastage of water, he stated.
The minister additional acknowledged that the “sighting of dolphins, turtles and birds in the Ganga” was indicative of the success of the Clean Ganga Mission. “There should be people’s participation in making the issue of water conservation a public movement. Groundwater recharge and rejuvenation of water bodies are among the greatest challenges,” he stated.
Gadkari, together with Minister of State Arjun Ram Meghwal and Water Resources Secretary U P Singh, distributed 82 National Water Awards in 14 classes. Maharashtra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh have been adjudged the highest three states in water conservation. Meanwhile, the award for the perfect water regulatory authority was bagged by Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority, Pune. —(With PTI inputs)