Government will soon
evolve a river sediment management policy. This was stated by Shri
Narendra Kumar, Chairman, Central Water Commission while inaugurating a
national seminar on Sediment management in Indian rivers in New Delhi
today. Shri Kumar said many committees have been constituted in the past
to look into the silting problems in rivers of India and suggest
suitable remedial measures. He expressed the hope that the conference
will be a step ahead in this direction and extensive consultations among
varied stakeholders will result in evolving a comprehensive policy. Shri
Kumar said it is essential to devise a methodology for sediment
management which is environment friendly and feasible technically as
well as economically.
Shri Kumar said over the years silting of rivers has assumed serious
proportions. He said as of now there is general feeling that flood prone
rivers are aggrading and undergoing change in carrying capacity, leading
to rise in flood level. Shri Kumar said common practices carried out by
river management agencies demonstrate that sediment management till late
has been based on limited scientific knowledge. He was of the opinion
that a different approach to sediment management is desirable,
incorporating knowledge and management of sediments at the basin skill
and a wider application of available scientific knowledge.
Shri Sanjay Kundu, Joint Secretary (PP) in the Ministry of Water
Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in his welcome
speech referred to the address of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in
the inter-state council meeting where he underlined the need for a river
sediment management policy in the country. He expressed the hope that
experts at the conference will come out with appropriate recommendations
which will help in framing of the National Silt Management policy by the
The issue of sediment management in rivers including siltation and
dredging has been engaging attention of the public for quite some time.
The need for formulating a comprehensive policy on sediment management
in rivers cannot be overstated on account of its serious implications on
flooding, environment, river health and navigation.
The conference had four different session on, Sedimentation in Indian
Rivers-Status, Challenges and Opportunities, Soil Conservation and
Catchment Area Treatment, Sand Mining and Dredging and Framework for
Sediment Management Policy.
The daylong conference organized by Ministry of WaterResources,
RiverDevelopment and Ganga Rejuvenation was attended by many experts
including Dr. M. A. Chitale, Expert Member, NGRBA, Professor Vinod Tare,
IIT, Kanpur, Professor A. K. Gosain, IIT – Delhi, Dr. M. K. Sinha,
Director, CWPRS, Pune and senior officials from the Ministry of
Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change,
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Ministry of Urban
Development, Government of Bihar and Government of Uttrakhand. The
purpose of the conference was tocomprehensively deliberate issues
related to sedimentation of Indian rivers with all the stake-holders and
develop an appropriate policy.