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    Press Releases - 2011

    11, January 2011



    Shri Bansal calls for a Participatory approach to Review National Water Policy


    Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal , the Union Minister of Water Resources has said that the Government believes in the participatory approach and would engage all stake holders in review of the National Water Policy. He was addressing the inaugural session of the two-day “Consultation meeting with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on Review of National Water Policy” organized by the Ministry of Water Resources , here today.

    Stressing upon the need to adopt a comprehensive approach for planning the development and management of water resources, Shri Bansal said that this can be achieved only when all sections of the society join hands. “It is in this direction that we have planned a series of consultation meetings as part of the review process. Consultation with the Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources, Consultative Committee for Ministry of Water Resources and Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation and Management have been held and valuable suggestions received. We have also held very useful consultations with academia, experts and professionals”, the Minister informed. He said that the NGOs have played a stellar role in India’s development process and hoped the two-day consultation will help in identifying appropriate means to address the water needs of the nation in a sustainable and equitable manner. “We also plan to have deliberations with panchayati raj institutions”, the Minister informed.

    Shri Vincent H. Pala, the Minister of State for Water Resources and Dr. Mihir Shah, Member (Water Resources & Rural Development), Planning Commission also spoke on the occasion. Shri P. Mohan Kumar, Addl Secretary, M/o Water Resources and Water experts, representatives of NGOs and senior officers of the ministry were present in the meeting.
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    Thumbs up National Level Painting Competition on Water Conservation for School Children to be held on 21st January,2011.

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    19, January 2011

    National Level Painting Competition on Water Conservation for School Children to be held on 21st January,2011


    The National Level Painiting Competition on “Water Conservation” for School children of IVth, Vth and VIth standards will be organized by the Ministry of Water Resources on Friday, 21st January, 2011 at The Auditorium,CSMRS, Olof Palme Marg, New Delhi. The Ministry organises the nationwide “Painting Competition” on saving and protecting the precious resource and to create awareness in children who are the future citizens. The target group is school children of IVth, Vth and VIth standards. While reviewing the progress of the scheme it was observed by the Union Minister for Water Resources that one of the important stakeholders, future users and potential pressure group the young children of the country are not being actively involved.

    To achieve this objective, the competition aims to motivate children towards thinking about water resources, its augmentation, conservation, recycling and re-use, etc., and offers them a chance to explore their creativity. The painting competition also stimulates their interest in learning more and more about this precious resource and also enhances the recognition of the need to adopt it in their own lives and also of those associated directly or indirectly with them.

    The competition is held in three stages – the School Level competition, followed by the State Level competition and finally terminating at the National Level painting competition to be held on 21st January,2011.

    Fifty winners from the school level competition were selected in each state for participation in the state level painting competition which was held on 14 November on the occasion of ‘Bal Diwas’ birth day of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of the country. In each state cash prizes worth Rs. 33,000/- was distributed to the first, second, third and ten consolation prize winners. Winners of the first, second and third prizes from each state have been invited to participate in the National Level competition to be held on 21st January 2011. In the National Level competition, cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh will be given to the winner. Four second prizes, each worth Rs. 50,000/- will be given to the four second prize winners and 8 third prizes each worth Rs. 25,000/- will given to the eight third prize winners. Apart from these, 10 consolation prizes will also be given on the occasion by the Union Minister for Water Resources.

    The painting competition had a participation of more than 2,60,000 students from the entire country. Encouraged by the response received for the painting competition in the very first year, the Ministry of Water Resources decided to undertake the activity on a regular yearly basis.

    The outputs received from the children reflected their creativeness in the art and interest in water conservation, ground water recharge, prevention of pollution, and other related aspects. The paintings clearly depict their concern about this vital resource. The interest in water resources that has been generated in these children and their parents, schools and all others associated with them clearly suggests that the objective of the whole exercise has been fully achieved. It is also proved that this painting competition is definitely an effective tool for mass awareness on the water resources sector.

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    Thumbs up Shri Salman Khurshid takes Charge as Minister of Water Resources.

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    20, January 2011

    Shri Salman Khurshid takes Charge as Minister of Water Resources

    Shri Salman Khurshid has taken over as the Union Minister of Water Resources here today. Talking to media persons, on the occasion, Shri Khurshid said that the water has a very important place in our society and we have to take utmost care in its use. He stressed on the judicious use of water and its conservation.

    Shri Vincent H.Pala, the Minister of State of Water Resources , Shri D.V. Singh, Secretary and senior officers of the ministry were present. A presentation on “Ministry of Water Resources and its role” was made on the occasion to apprise him of the new ministry.

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    Thumbs up Shri Salman Khurshid Presents Awards to Winners of National Level Painting Competition on ‘Water & Environment’ for School Children.

    Press Release
    21, January 2011

    Shri Salman Khurshid Presents Awards to Winners of National Level Painting Competition on ‘Water & Environment’ for School Children


    Shri Salman Khurshid, the Union Minister for Water Resources presented the Awards to the winners of the National Level Painiting Competition on “Water & Environment” for School children of IVth, Vth and VIth standards organized by the Ministry of Water Resources at a function here today. Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal, the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs was the Guest of Honour. Shri Vincent H. Pala, the Minister of States for Water Resources, Shri. D.V. Singh, Secretary and senior officers of the M/o Water Resources were present on the occasion.

    Shri Salman Khurshid called for the need for conserving water resources and particularly ground water protection and augmentation. ‘Water is a community resource and awareness is must for its conservation’ he stated.

    Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal emphasized about awareness in all sections of the society particularly the children about our natural resources in general and water resources in particular. The major challenge for India would be reducing per capita water availability as the population is increasing rapidly.

    Shri Vincent H. Pala has mentioned that hydrological cycle must be respected for sustainable development considering that only 2.5 % of the water available on the earth is fresh. He also mentioned particularly on stress on ground water resources and challenges posed on water resources by climate change. Shri D.V. Singh emphasized on awareness generation for conserving water so that it can be developed in a sustainable manner for our future generations

    The Painting competition was the culmination of School Level and State level Painting competitions organized in different states and UTs. A total of 63 students (first three winners of the state level Painting competition) actively participated in the spot painting competition. The Paintings were evaluated by a panel of jury consisting of eminent artists from the Lalit Kala Academy. A Cultural programme was presented by the students of Delhi Public School, RK Puram, New Delhi at this occasion.

    The Winners are : 1st Prize: (1 no,); 2nd Prize (4 in Nos); 3rd Prize (8 in Nos); and Consolation Prizes(10 in Nos). The winners were awarded a cash Prize of Rs. 1 Lakh (1st prize), four second prizes of Rs.50,000/- each, eight third prizes of Rs. 25,000/- and ten consolation prizes of Rs.10,000 each, along with a Certificate and a memento. A rolling trophy was also given to Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), South Eastern Coastal Region Chennai for the maximum participation of students at the school level competition. List of the prize winners is enclosed.


    List of Award Winners of First National Painting Competition

    State Name of Winners Award category Amount
    AP 1.Rahul Ranjan 1st 1,00,000
    Gujrat 2.Km.Gautami Nirlep Chauhan 2nd 50,000
    Karnataka 1.Bhoomika A Bhatt 2nd 50,000
    Kerala 3.Km.Anu Aravind 2nd 50,000
    TanilNadu 2.Ragha Sudha 2nd 50,000
    AP 2.Rajat Kumar 3rd 25,000
    Assam 1.Namrata Khaund 3rd 25,000
    Chhatishgarh 3.Akundi Venkat Aditya 3rd 25,000
    Delhi 2.Bhavya Garg 3rd 25,000
    Karnataka 2.Hrithik Sridhar 3rd 25,000
    Kerala 1.Km.Sikha Sivaraman 3rd 25,000
    Punjab 1.Lakshmi 3rd 25,000
    TanilNadu 3 T. J. Shivani 3rd 25,000
    Bihar 2. Abhinav Singh Consolation 10,000
    Chhatishgarh 2.Prerana Mohanty Consolation 10,000
    Gujrat 1.Km.Helly.N.Parmar Consolation 10,000
    Haryana 2.Kajal Consolation 10,000
    Haryana 3.Kashin Sood Consolation 10,000
    HimachalPradesh 1. Varsha Bhardwaj Consolation 10,000
    MP 3.Palak Jain Consolation 10,000
    Punjab 2.Pallavi Bahre Consolation 10,000
    Uttrakhand 3.Km.Gaurangi Sehgal Consolation 10,000
    West Bengal 1. Km Anwesha Paul Consolation 10,000

    The competition aims to motivate children towards thinking about water resources, its augmentation, conservation, recycling and re-use, etc., and offers them a chance to explore their creativity. The painting competition also stimulates their interest in learning more and more about this precious resource and also enhances the recognition of the need to adopt it in their own lives and also of those associated directly or indirectly with them. More than 2,60,000 students participated from the entire country. Encouraged by the response received for the painting competition in the very first year, the Ministry decided to undertake the activity on a regular yearly basis.

    The outputs received from the children reflected their creativeness in the art and interest in water conservation, ground water recharge, prevention of pollution, and other related aspects. The paintings clearly depict their concern about this vital resource. The interest in water resources that has been generated in these children and their parents, schools and all others associated with them clearly suggests that the objective of the whole exercise has been fully achieved. It is also proved that this painting competition is definitely an effective tool for mass awareness on the water resources sector.

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

    Press Release
    04, February 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 60% of designed capacity as on January 27, 2011. The present storage is 137% of last year’s storage and 145% of last 10 years average storage during the same period. Out of these 81 reservoirs there are presently 15 reservoirs where this year’s storage is less than 80 % of the average of previous 10 years and in remaining 66 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 January 27, 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 Weekly Storage Status of Important Reservoirs in the Country as on February 10, 2011.

    Press Release

    10, February 2011


    Weekly Storage Status of Important Reservoirs in the Country as on February 10, 2011


    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.

    As per the latest data available, the total live storage in 81 important reservoirs as on today is 83.866 Billion Cubic Meter (BCM), which is 55 per cent of the storage capacity at FRL (Full Reservoir Level). The current year’s storage is nearly 137 percent of the last year’s storage and 147 percent of the average of last ten years.

    Basin wise storage position as on February 10, 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 normal;
    • Storage position in Ganga basin is close to normal; 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 normal.

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

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    11, February 2011


    Latest Region-Wise Storage Status of Important Reservoirs in the Country

    As per the latest data available with the Central Water commission (CWC), 14 out of 81 reservoirs in the country were having a water level which is 81- 90% of the FRL (Full Reservoir Level) as on 10.2.2011. Of theses 14 reservoirs, 7 are from the South Region, 6 from the West Region and 1 from the East Region.

    15 reservoirs have a water level which is 71- 80% of the FRL; 10 reservoirs have a level of 61- 70% of the FRL; 11 reservoirs have a level of 51- 60% of the FRL; 10 reservoirs have a level of 41- 50% of the FRL whereas 21 reservoirs have a water level which is 40% and below with respect to storage at Full Reservoir Level.

    As far as individual states are concerned, Andhra Pradesh has the best figure of 106%, i.e. the overall storage situation in the state is 106% ‘better than normal’; next in position is Uttarakhand where the overall storage is 99% better than normal; in Tamil Nadu the ‘better than normal’ storage percentage is 87.

    In the list of states with ‘less than normal’ storage level, West Bengal has a storage level which is 61% ‘less than normal’; Rajasthan has 57% ‘less than normal’; and in U.P. the ‘less than normal’ level is 43%.

    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.

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    Thumbs up Steps to Create Awareness about Rainwater Harvesting And Encouragement to States for Implementation of Rainwater Harvesting Projects.

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    24, February 2011

    Steps to Create Awareness about Rainwater Harvesting And Encouragement to States for Implementation of Rainwater Harvesting Projects


    The Parliament has been informed that as per report of the National Commission on Integrated Water Resources Development (NCIWRD-1999), the mean annual rainfall, taking the country as a whole is 1,170 mm with wide regional variation. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today on the average annual rainfall and rainwater harvesting, Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Water Resources, said that rain water is harvested through surface storages and recharge of ground water. The total storage capacity created through major and medium projects is around 225 BCM. The data on quantum of rainwater harvested through groundwater recharging is 433 BCM. Ministry of Water Resources does not maintain the data on quantum of water harvested due to manmade structures separately. It is estimated that the water utilized in 2010 is about 681 BCM.

    Shri Khurshid informed the House that as water is a State subject, it is primarily the responsibility of the State Government to plan, fund and to execute rainwater harvesting schemes. However, the Union Government has taken following steps to create awareness and to encourage States to implement rainwater harvesting projects:

    • Demonstrative Projects on Rain Water Harvesting and Artificial Recharge to Ground Water with an outlay of 100 crore during 11th Plan.
    • Sanctioned two schemes for Repair, Renovation and Restoration (RRR) of Water Bodies, one with external assistance with central outlay of Rs. 1,500 crore; and the other one with central outlay of Rs. 1,250 crore.
    • Organized 384 mass awareness campaigns on Rain Water Harvesting and Artificial Recharge of ground water throughout the country under the Central Plan schemes namely ‘Ground Water Management & Regulation’ and ‘Information Education and Communication (IEC)’ of the Ministry of Water Resources and National Ground Water Congress during 2007 and 2010.
    • Circulation of the Master Plan for artificial recharge of ground water to the States/UTs in the year 2002.
    • Launching of Ground Water Information System for dissemination of ground water related information to all stake holders including users in March 2010.
    • Advised the States to make rainwater harvesting mandatory. In pursuance thereof, 18 States and 4 UTs have made rain water harvesting mandatory under building bye-laws.
    • Issuance of directions by the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) to Chief Secretaries in 12 States and Administrators in 2 Union Territories having over-exploited blocks to take all necessary measures to promote/ adopt artificial recharge to ground water/ rain water harvesting.
    • Issuing of directions by CGWA to 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.
    • Issuing of directions by CGWA 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.

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    Thumbs up Steps Taken by The Government to Control Floods and Consequential Land Erosion.

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    24, February 2011


    Steps Taken by The Government to Control Floods and Consequential Land Erosion


    The Government has said that the cultivable land located in the flood plains or the land falling in the course of meandering rivers like Ganga are subject to erosion by rivers at various locations during floods every year. The major States affected by land erosion due to river Ganga are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today on the flood waters of river Ganga and the steps taken by the Government to control flood and consequential land erosion, Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Water Resources, said that the schemes for flood and erosion control are planned, funded and executed by the State Governments, as per their own priorities, out of their State plan funds which are made available to them through Planning Commission.

    Shri Khurshid informed the House that in order to provide additional financial support to the State Governments, the Government of India also assists the flood prone States in flood management and anti-erosion works for critical reaches. During XI Plan period, central assistance is being provided to all the flood affected States for river management, flood control and anti- erosion works under a State sector scheme, namely, ‘Flood Management Programme (FMP)’. A total of 81 works on river Ganga and its tributaries from seven Ganga basin States with a total estimated cost of Rs. 3,854.91 crore have been included under ‘FMP’ during XI Plan and the central assistance amounting to Rs. 1,362.67 crore has been released to the concerned States as on 31.01.2011 as under:

    (Rs. in Crore)
    Sl. No. State Schemes Included under FMP Funds released
    Nos. Total Cost Central Share
    1 Bihar 41 1226.51 919.88 495.98
    2 Haryana 1 173.75 130.31 46.91
    3 Himachal Pradesh 1 34.67 31.20 16.20
    4 Jharkhand 1 20.12 15.09 10.53
    5 Uttar Pradesh 21 557.19 417.89 195.37
    6 Uttrakhand 5 42.92 36.83 22.48
    7 West Bengal 11 1799.75 1349.82 575.20
    Total 81 3,854.91 2,901.02 1,362.67

    The Minister of Water Resources also informed the House that the Government of India had set up Ganga Flood Control Commission (GFCC) in 1972 for preparation of comprehensive master plans for flood control measures in the Ganga basin States. Detailed Comprehensive Master Plans for all the 23 river systems constituting the Ganga basin had been prepared by GFCC and circulated to the concerned State Governments for implementation. Besides, the Government of India is having continuous dialogue with the Government of Nepal on matters related to flood forecasting and construction of storage dams to check floods in Indian territory due to rivers flowing from Nepal.

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    Press Release
    03, March 2011

    Present Status of Interlinking of Rivers


    The Government has said that the National Water Development Agency (NWDA) under the Ministry of Water Resources (MOWR) has identified 30 inter-state River links (16 under Peninsular Component & 14 under Himalayan Component) for preparation of Feasibility Reports (FRs). Out of these, FRs of 14 links under Peninsular Component and 2 links (Indian Portion) under Himalayan Component have been completed. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today on the present status of interlinking of rivers in the country, Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Water Resources, said that the Five inter-state River links under Peninsular Component namely (i) Ken-Betwa, (ii) Parbati-Kalisindh-Chambal, (iii) Damanganga-Pinjal, (iv) Par-Tapi-Narmada & (v) Godavari (Polavaram)-Krishna (Vijayawada) were identified as priority links for building consensus among the concerned states for taking up their Detailed Project Reports (DPRs). DPR of one priority link namely, Ken – Betwa was completed and sent to the Governments of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh for consultation. Further, NWDA has taken up the DPRs of two more priority links after concurrence of the concerned states, namely Par – Tapi – Narmada and Damanganga – Pinjal which are planned to be completed by December, 2011. Another priority link namely, Godavari (Polavaram)- Krishna(Vijawada) link is part of the Polavaram project of the Andhra Pradesh. Planning Commission has given investment clearance to the Polavaram Project and the Government of Andhra Pradesh has taken up the above project including link component as per their proposals.

    Shri Vincent H. Pala said that the 30 Inter-State River link proposals firmed up by NWDA envisage additional irrigation benefits of 25 million hectare of irrigation from surface waters, 10 million hectare by increased use of ground waters and generation of 34000 MW of power apart from the benefits of flood moderation, navigation, water supply, fisheries, salinity, pollution control etc.

    The Minister informed the Lok Sabha that the implementation of the inter-state river linking proposals depends on the consensus and co-operation of the concerned States and agreements with neighbouring countries (in case of link proposals under the Himalayan Component).Therefore, it is difficult to fix a time limit for completion of any project. As far as Intra-State River links are concerned the same have been started recently.

    The Minister said that NWDA has received 36 intra-state river links proposals from 7 States viz. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. Out of above, Pre-Feasibility Reports (PFRs) of 12 intra-state river links have been completed by NWDA.

    Shri Vincent H. Pala said that NWDA has incurred an expenditure of Rs.312.12 crore from 1982-83 up to January, 2011 against a budgetary provision of 316.93 crore upto FY 2011-12 for preparation of PFRs/FRs/DPRs of inter-state river link proposals, preparation of PFRs/DPRs of intra-state river links and other studies in this regard.

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