Union Minister for
Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma
Bharti has said that centre is discussing the issue of bringing water
into concurrent list with States. Inaugurating the Jal Manthan-III in
New Delhi today she said her Ministry is also seriously working on new
acts for water use and Ganga.
Deliberating on various issues related to water resources management,
the Minister said water user associations are not performing up to the
mark in some States. She said, “We may have to take active help from
NGOs to strengthen these associations as active and performing water
user associations are very important for the success of AIBP-PMKSY”.
Underlying the need for peoples participation in Water Resources
Management the Minister said there is a need to convert Jal Kranti into
Referring to inter-linking of rivers Sushri Bharti said her Ministry is
trying its best to convert the funding pattern of Ken-Betwa Phase-I link
from 60:40 to 90:10. She said the Ministry is very much hopeful to start
the project in the first quarter of this year itself. The Minister said
the project will be completed within seven years. The Minister also
referred to Manas-Sankosh-Teesta-Ganga-Mahanadi-Godawari link and called
it as “Mother link” of inter-linking of rivers in the country. Sushri
Bharti said a section of the people in a particular state are opposed to
this link and termed it as political. She said the successful completion
of this link would be able to solve the drought and flood problems of
the states of West-Bengal, Bihar and Odisha to a great extent. Sushri
Bharti said the Damanganga-Pinjal link will be able to meet the drinking
water needs of Mumbai upto the year 2060. She also referred to Par-Tapi
link and said that on completion this link would be able to meet the
drinking water needs of rural tribals of the area.
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan, Union Minister of State for Water Resources,
River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in his address called for more
attention on waste water management. He said a large amount of water is
wasted in the country and proper management of the same will result into
saving of this precious natural wealth. Shri Vijay Goel, Union Minister
of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
said that there is urgent need to conserve water for future generations.
He said it did not occurre to us that this natural resource which was
available in abundance could become scarce in future.
Dr Amarjeet Singh, Secretary in the Ministry referred to the need of
common pooling of water resources by farmers. He said we have to fix the
accountability of water use to stop its wastage. Shri said there an
urgent need to develop a culture to understand the important of water
The daylong event has been organized by the Ministry of Water Resources,
River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation with a view to have wider
consultations among various stakeholders to brain-storm new ideas for
solutions to various issues of water sector.
About 700 participants comprising Irrigation/ Water Resources Ministers
of States/UTs, eminent experts in water sector, representatives of NGOs
and senior officers of the Central and State Governments had
consultations and discussions on Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana,
River Basin Management, River Rejuvenation and Ecology, Flood
management, Water use efficiency and Participatory irrigation
management. The focus was on refining policies of the Ministry to make
them more people friendly and responsive to the needs of the states.
It may be recalled that the Union Minister for Water Resources, River
Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharati has emphasized the
need to hold wider consultations amongst various stakeholders engaged in
water resource development and management to achieve synergy of water
resource development with environment, wild-life and various social and
cultural practices. Jal Manthan programmes are being held to achieve
this purpose. The earlier Jal Manthan Programmes held in November, 2014
and February, 2016 were hugely successful.