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    Thumbs up Latest Status of the Storage of Important Reservoirs in the Country.

    Press Release
    07, March 2011


    Latest Status of the Storage of Important Reservoirs in the Country


    Central Water commission (CWC), functioning under the aegis of the Ministry of Water Resources, is monitoring storage position of 81 important reservoirs spread all over the country, of which as many as 36 reservoirs are having significant hydro-power benefits with installed capacities of more than 60MW each. The combined live storage in these 81 reservoirs at the beginning of monsoon, i.e. June 1, 2010 was 14% of their designed capacity and stood at 50% of designed capacity as on February 24, 2011. The present storage is 140% of last year’s storage and 148% of last 10 years average storage during the same period. Out of these 81 reservoirs there are presently 16 reservoirs where this year’s storage is less than 80 % of the average of previous 10 years and in remaining 65 reservoirs the storage is more than 80% of the average of previous 10 years.

    In order to derive the best possible benefits from the available water, CWC is keeping in touch with the Department of Agriculture and Co-operation and providing information of the weekly storage position to the Crop Weather Watch Group for evolving suitable crop strategies and also appraising the situation to various Departments and Ministries involved in Water Resources Planning.

    Basin wise storage position as on February 24, 2011 is as follows:

    • The storage position in Indus, Narmada, Tapi, Sabarmati, Rivers of Kutch, Godavari, Krishna, Mahanadi & NEFRs, Cauvery & NEFRs and West -Flowing Rivers of South basins is better than the average of previous 10 years; storage position in Ganga basin is close to average; and storage position in Mahi basin is deficient from the average of previous 10 years.

    Out of 36 reservoirs with significant hydro potential,10 reservoirs have storage build- up less than the average of last 10 years.

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    Thumbs up Scheme for Artificial Recharge of Groundwater.

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    09, March 2011

    Scheme for Artificial Recharge of Groundwater

    The Government has said that since the scheme for ‘Artificial Recharge of Ground Water through Dugwells’ is over, steps are underway to get it evaluated. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Water Resources, said that the scheme for ‘Artificial Recharge of Ground Water through Dugwells’ was launched by the Government in the year 2008 with a total outlay of Rs. 1,798.71 crore. The scheme was to be implemented by 31.03.2010. The scheme covered seven States, namely Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & Rajasthan with the objective of recharging existing dugwells in areas underlain by hard rock using runoff rain water from agricultural fields.

    Shri Pala informed the House that under the scheme an expenditure of Rs. 283.457 crore was incurred up to March 2010. The Ministry of Water Resources monitored overall progress of the scheme through National Level Programme Implementation Committee (NPMC). The participating States have also created suitable monitoring mechanism at State and district level in the form of State Level Steering Committees (SLSC) and District Level Implementation and Monitoring Committees (DLIMC).

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    Thumbs up Steps for Protection, Regulation and Management of Water Resources.

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    11, March 2011


    Steps for Protection, Regulation and Management of Water Resources


    The Government has said that though water is a State subject, all activities related to protection, regulation and management of water resources are undertaken by the respective States, however, with a view to encouraging and assisting the State Governments in this effort, Government of India has undertaken the following protection and regulatory measures:

    (i) A “Water Quality Assessment Authority (WQAA)” has been established under Environmental Protection Act.

    (ii) Government of India has constituted National Ganga River Basin Authority for addressing the problems of pollution of river Ganga.

    (iii) A draft Model Bill to regulate and control the development and management of ground water has been circulated to the States and Union Territories. 11 States / Union Territories namely, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal have enacted the legislation in this regard.

    (iv) The Central Ground Water Authority has been constituted under Environmental Protection Act 2005. CGWA has directed the Chief Secretaries of the concerned States to take all measures to adopt artificial recharge to ground water/promote rain water harvesting in all the over-exploited areas falling under their jurisdiction and ensure inclusion of roof top rain water harvesting in the building bye-laws.

    (v) A model Bill for Participatory Irrigation Management has also been drafted and circulated to all States. 15 States, namely, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh have either enacted exclusive legislation or amended their Irrigation Acts for involvement of farmers in irrigation management.

    (vi) Government of India is implementing the National Lake Conservation Plan for conservation and management of polluted and degraded lakes in urban and semi-urban areas located in various States. National River Conservation Programme is also being implemented by Government of India for conservation and management of polluted rivers.

    Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Water Resources, said that besides this, the Government of India provides technical and financial assistance to State Governments for sustainable development and management of water resources through various programmes / schemes such as Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme, Command Area Development & Water Management and Repair, Renovation and Restoration of Water Bodies. Government of India also promotes artificial recharge to ground water.

    Shri Khurshid also informed the House that as per the information available, the overall outlay for XI Plan for irrigation, command area development, and flood control Sectors under State Plan and Central Plan are Rs.1,82,050 crore and Rs.50,261 crore respectively. Outlays for 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 & 2010-11 are respectively Rs.38630.25 crore, Rs.47794.79 crore, Rs.46003.73 crore & Rs.52494.28 crore and actual expenditures during 2007-08 and 2008-09 are respectively Rs.39833.12 crore and Rs.41030.25 crore.

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    Thumbs up Salient Features of The National Water Policy.

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    11, March 2011

    Salient Features of The National Water Policy

    The Government has informed Lok Sabha that the National Water Policy – 2002 was adopted by the National Water Resources Council under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of India in its 5th meeting held on 1st April, 2002. The Salient features of National Water Policy – 2002 are as follows:

    • Water is a prime natural resource, a basic human need and a precious national asset. Planning, development and management of water resources need to be governed by national perspectives.

    • A well developed information system for water related data at national/state level should be established with a net-work of data banks and data bases integrating and strengthening the existing central and state level agencies.

    • Water resources available to the country should be brought within the category of utilizable resources to the maximum possible extent.

    • Non-conventional methods for utilization of water such as through inter-basin transfers, artificial recharge of ground water and desalination of brackish or sea water as well as traditional water conservation practices like rainwater harvesting, including roof-top rainwater harvesting, need to be practiced to further increase the utilizable water resources. Promotion of frontier research and development, in a focused manner, for these techniques is necessary.

    • Water resources development and management will have to be planned for a hydrological unit. Appropriate river basin organizations should be established for the planned development and management of the river basins.

    • Water should be made available to water short areas by transfer from other areas including transfer from one river basin to another, after taking into account the requirements of the areas/basins.

    • Planning of water resources development projects should, as far as possible, be for multi-purpose with an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach having regard to human and ecological aspects including those of disadvantaged sections of the society.

    • In the allocation of water, first priority should be given for drinking water, followed by irrigation, hydro-power, ecology, agro-industries and non-agricultural industries, navigation and other uses, in that order.

    • The exploitation of groundwater should be regulated with reference to recharge possibilities and consideration of social equity. The detrimental environmental consequences of over-exploitation of ground water need to be effectively prevented.

    • Adequate emphasis needs to be given to the physical and financial sustainability of existing water resources facilities. There is need to ensure that the water charges for various uses should be fixed such as to cover at least the operation and maintenance charges initially and a part of the capital costs subsequently.

    • Management of the water resources for diverse uses should incorporate a participatory approach by involving users and other stakeholders alongwith various governmental agencies, in an effective and decisive manner.

    • Private sector participation should be encouraged in planning, development and management of water resources projects for diverse uses, wherever feasible.

    • Both surface water and ground water should be regularly monitored for quality. Effluents should be treated to acceptable levels and standards before discharging them into natural streams. Minimum flow should be ensured in the perennial streams for maintaining ecology.

    • Efficiency of utilization should be improved in all the diverse uses of water and conservation consciousness promoted through education, regulation, incentives and disincentives.

    • Land erosion by sea or river should be minimized by suitable cost-effective measures. Indiscriminate occupation of, and economic activity in coastal areas and flood plain zones should be regulated.

    • Needs of drought-prone areas should be given priority in the planning of project for development of water resources. These areas should be made less vulnerable through various measures.

    • The water sharing/distribution amongst the states should be guided by a national perspective with due regard to water resources availability and needs within the river basin.

    • Training and research efforts should be intensified as an integral part of water resources development.

    This information was given by Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Water Resources, in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

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    Thumbs up Contamination of Ground Water.

    Press Release

    11, March 2011

    Contamination of Ground Water

    The Government has informed Lok Sabha that as per information received from U.P. Jal Nigam, testing for arsenic contamination in drinking water of India Mark –II Hand Pumps was carried out in 51 districts, with UNICEF support during 2005-2007. There was no new survey done in the year 2011. No such study with UNICEF support has been carried out for testing for fluoride contamination. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, ShriVincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Water Resources, said that as per the UNICEF assisted study for arsenic, 74 blocks in 28 districts of Uttar Pradesh are affected by arsenic contamination on the basis of the permissible limit of 0.01 mg/lt prescribed by WHO. However, as per the Government of India standards of 0.05 mg/lt. prevailing at that time, only seven districts namely Ballia, Lakhimpur, Kheri, Behraich, Gorakhpur, Ghazipur, Chandauli and Bareilly were found to be affected by arsenic contamination. Similarly, Water Quality Survey carried out by UP Jal Nigam in 2003, drinking water sources in 207 blocks of 44 districts were affected by fluoride contamination. No studies on heavy metal contamination were carried out by UNICEF.

    Shri Pala further informed the House that Central Ground Water Board has been carrying out exploratory drilling in the arsenic affected areas of the State to delineate arsenic free aquifers. So far, 23 exploratory wells tapping arsenic free aquifer zones have been constructed in the districts of Ballia, Balrampur, Gonda, Ghazipur, Lakhimpur Kheri, Mau & Siddharthnagar. The Minister of State for Water Resources said that remedial measures for treatment of water in the affected areas are undertaken by the concerned state government water supplying agencies. However, Ministry of Rural Development, Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation supplements the efforts of the States by providing them the technical and financial assistance under the centrally sponsored scheme of National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP).

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    Thumbs up Per Capita Availability of Water in The Country.

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    11, March 2011
    Per Capita Availability of Water in The Country

    The Government has informed Lok Sabha that the 11th Plan document points out that the total water resources availability in the country remains constant, the per capita availability of water has been steadily declining since 1951 due to population growth. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Water Resources, said that the twin indicators of water scarcity are, per capita availability and storage. A ‘per capita availability’ of less than 1,700 cubic metres is termed a water stressed condition, while if it falls below 1,000 cubic meters, it is termed as water scarcity condition. Shri Pala informed the House that while on average the country may be nearing the water stressed condition, on an individual river basin wise situation, 9 out of our 20 river basins with 200 milllion populations are already facing a water scarcity condition. However, the per capita availability of water works out to be 1,625 cubic metres as per the current population of the country in 2010.

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    Thumbs up Measures Initiated by The Government to Check Unsustainable Over-Extraction of Ground Water.

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    11, March 2011

    Measures Initiated by The Government to Check Unsustainable Over-Extraction of Ground Water

    The annual extraction of groundwater in the country is by far the highest in the world and the growing dependence on ground water has led to over unsustainable / over extraction which is lowering the water table in many parts of the country. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Water Resources, said that to check this the measures initiated by the Government in the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-12) are :

    (i) Artificial recharge projects are being taken up under the ongoing Central Sector Scheme of Ground Water Management & Regulation in priority areas viz. over-exploited and critical assessment units, urban areas etc.

    (ii) Scheme of Dug well recharge was implemented during 2007-10 in Over- exploited, Critical and Semi-Critical assessment units of seven States viz. Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, underlain predominantly by hard rock terrain, to provide sustainability to the dugwells.

    (iii) Various activities including mass awareness campaigns, training programmes, workshops, painting competitions etc, have been organized under the scheme of Information, Education & Communication of Ministry of Water Resources.

    (iv) Ministry of Water Resources has instituted Bhoomijal Samvardhan Puraskars & National Water Award to encourage adoption of innovative practices of ground water augmentation and artificial recharge through people`s participation. The awards aim to encourage the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)/ Gram Panchayats/ Urban Local Bodies (for population up to 1 lakh)/ Institutions/ Corporate Sector and Individuals for adopting innovative practices of ground water augmentation by rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge, promoting water use efficiency, recycling & re-use of water and creating awareness through people`s participation in the targeted areas resulting into the sustainability of ground water resources.

    (v) The Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has directed all the Residential Group Housing Societies/ Institutions/Schools/ Hotels/ Industrial Establishments falling in the over-exploited and critical areas (Except in the water logged areas) in the country to adopt Roof Top Rain Water harvesting systems in their premises.

    (vi) The Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has issued directions to Heads of Central Road Research Institute, National Highway Authority of India, Central Public Works Department, Railway Board, Sports Authority, Airports Authority of India, Civil Aviation, Youth Affairs & Sports to implement the Scheme of Ground Water Recharge along all National/State Highways and other roads, railway tracks and other establishments of Railways, all stadia and airports.

    (vii) The Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) is not giving permission on extraction of Ground water for commercial activities in notified over exploited areas.

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    Thumbs up Irrigation Facility on Priority Basis to Prevent the Expansion of Desert.

    Press Release

    11, March 2011


    Irrigation Facility on Priority Basis to Prevent the Expansion of Desert

    The Government has said that it is aware of the fact that there is scarcity of water in areas covered under DDP (Desert Development Programme) as compared to areas covered under DPAP (Drought Prone Areas Programme) due to abnormal and scanty rains. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Water Resources, said that Union Cabinet has granted specific approval for providing 90% grant assistance under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme to two projects of Punjab, namely Relining of Rajasthan Feeder channel from RD 179000 to RD 496000 and Relining of Sirhind Feeder channel from RD 119700 to RD 447927; and one project of Karnataka namely Modernization of Bhadra.

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    Thumbs up Shri Salman Khurshid Lays Foundation Stone for NPCC’s Office Complex in Gurgaon.

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    22, March 2011

    Shri Salman Khurshid Lays Foundation Stone for NPCC’s Office Complex in Gurgaon


    Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Water Resources, today laid the foundation stone of the Office Complex of National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC) at Gurgaon in the National Capital Region. Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Water Resources and Shri Dhruv Vijai Singh, Secretary of the Ministry were also present on the occasion.

    Before laying the foundation stone, the Chairman & Managing Director of NPCC, Shri A. K. Jhamb briefed the dignitaries about the building plans of the project, which are meeting the concept of Green Building – a new approach to save water, energy and material resources in the construction and maintenance of the buildings and can reduce or eliminate the adverse impact of buildings on the environment and occupants. Shri Salman Khurshid, while addressing the gathering, commended NPCC for the progress made by it in terms of increased turnover and congratulated its management for making it possible to construct its own building complex and extended his good wishes to the Corporation in the future.

    Shri Vincent H. Pala congratulated NPCC for their initiative to build this Office Complex as a Green Building. He also appreciated the role being played by NPCC which is working in the far flung areas including North-East Region where generally construction activities are not taken up by private sector and NPCC has been contributing in a big way for developing infrastructure in North-East Region.

    NPCC is a Govt. of India Enterprise established in 1957 under the Ministry of Water Resources. It is engaged in construction and project management services in India and abroad for Institutional Buildings, Townships & Other Residential Buildings, Indo Bangla Border Fencing, Roads, Bops & Flood Lighting, Dams, Barrages & Canals, Hydro-Electric Power Projects, Thermal Power Projects, Tunnels & Underground Projects, Bridges & Flyovers, Industrial Structures, Surface Transport Projects, Sewerage & Water Supply Projects, Environment Projects. Till date it has completed 150 Projects. It is worth mentioning that NPCC is working in far flung areas including North-East Region.

    NPCC has presently shown commendable performance in terms of Turnover and Net Profit. While Turnover of the Corporation during the year 2009-2010 was Rs. 1,002.92 crore, its Net Profit was Rs.33.14 crore. NPCC has recently bagged the ‘Best Professionally Managed Company’ award conferred by Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC).

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    Thumbs up World Water Day Celebrated.

    Press Release

    22, March 2011


    World Water Day Celebrated
    Third Ground Water Congress Also Begins

    The Ministry of Water Resources celebrated World Water Day- 2011 here today. On this occasion, 3rd Ground Water Congress is also being organized. The function was inaugurated Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Water Resources and Minority Affairs. Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister for State for Water Resources and Minority Affairs; and Shri D.V. Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, were also present on the occasion. The theme for World Water Day-2011 is ‘Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge’. Commensurate with the theme the Congress has special focus on the urban areas.

    Opening the celebration of World Water Day- 2011 and inaugurating the 3rd National Ground Water Congress, Shri Salman Khurshid called upon the delegates to deliberate on the emergent issues, in view of the rising urban population, scarcity and deterioration of urban water resources and climate change and come out with recommendations on appropriate strategies / action plans on sustainable management of ground water resources especially in urban context with new technologies and involvement of public participation in awareness and capacity building programs.

    Addressing the gathering Shri Vincent H. Pala said that two serious challenges that we face today are Food Security and Safe Drinking Water for all. Water is central to both the challenges. To address these issues Government has formulated National Water Mission and National Action Plan on Climate change. He appreciated the involvement of all the stake holders in overcoming the challenges.

    During the function, awards were presented to organizations and individuals for their outstanding work in conservation and augmentation of ground water. Jagabalia Watershed Association, an NGO from Orissa, bagged the coveted National Water Award. Ground Water augmentation awards were presented to four NGO’s: one in each zone. Sarvodaya Seva Sangh, Outreach Association of Volunteers for Rural Development, S M Sahgal Foundation, and Rural Resource and Training Center received the awards for West, South, North and North-East zone respectively. Pudussery Gram Panchayat from Kerala, Nawthawtieng Gram Panchayat from Meghalaya & Chidawad Gram Panchayat from MP received the Ground Water Augmentation Award for South, North East and Central Zone respectively. Farmers Participatory Action Research Programme (FPARP) Awards went to Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Haryana; and Central Research Institute for Dry land Agriculture, Hyderabad. Ambuja Cements Ltd., Gujarat received the award for the Corporate Sector. The individual / institution winners were Shri Shyamji Bhai Jadhav Bhai Antala, Rajkot; Shri Uma Kant Umarao, Bhopal; and Loyala High Scholl, Goa.

    In the inaugural function the Congress volume, Compendium on the Awardees, a report on Coastal Aquifer Systems of India and a compilation of paintings of National Painting Competition organized by the Ministry of Water Resources were also released.

    Congress will also continue tomorrow.

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