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    Thumbs up Review of National Water Policy – Consultation Meeting with Panchayati Raj Institutions held on 2.11.11at Pune.

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    03-November 2011


    Review of National Water Policy – Consultation Meeting with Panchayati Raj Institutions held on 2.11.11at Pune

    The Union Minister of Water Resources & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal held Consultation Meeting with the representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions from the States of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu for review of the National Water Policy on 2nd November, 2011 at National Water Academy, Pune. Speaking on the occasion, he stated that our National Water Policy should be truly a National Policy with full participation of all stakeholders throughout the country. He called upon the elected representatives of the Panchayati Raj Institutions to provide specific feedback for policy inputs to address present concerns in water resources sector.

    The Union Minister of State for Water Resources Shri Vincent H. Pala briefed the elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions about the consultation process undertaken by the Ministry of Water Resources for review of National Water Policy. More than 50 elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions from the States of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu participated in consultation meeting. A video conferencing was also arranged so that more elected representatives could participate in the consultation meeting from their respective places, viz., Nagpur, Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Goa, Silvassa, Indore, Jabalpur, etc.

    The first National Water Policy was adopted by National Water Resources Council in 1987. This was revised and updated in April, 2002. Since then not only major developments have taken place in water sector, but also a greater realization has come that water is a prime natural resource, a basic human need and a precious national asset. Planning, development and management of water resources needs to be governed by national perspectives. Therefore, it was considered necessary to review the provisions of the National Water Policy in consultation with all stakeholders to re-orient the policy directives according to the changing times.

    The Ministry of Water Resources has initiated a comprehensive consultation process for review of National Water Policy with a view that all sections of the society join hands in resolving complex issues of water management in current scenario of water scarcity and impending dangers of climate change. Consultation meeting has been held with the Hon’ble Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources, Hon’ble Members of the Consultative Committee for Ministry of Water Resources and Hon’ble Members of the Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation and Management. Consultation meetings have also been held with academicians, experts and professionals; corporate representatives and NGOs. Consultation meetings with the representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions from Southern States were held on 16.06.2011 at Hyderabad, from North Eastern States on 30.06.2011 at Shillong, from Northern States at Jaipur on 14.07.2011 and from Western States on 02.11.11 at Pune.

    Panchayati Raj Institutions have been given vital role in the areas of Drinking water, Minor irrigation, water management and watershed development as per Eleventh Schedule of our Constitution. All these subjects are critical in ensuring livelihood to the rural population and the involvement of the Panchayati Raj Institutions is, therefore, vital. The experiences and in depth knowledge of the subjects at the grass root level by the representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions would help in a long way in identifying the correct approaches for addressing various issues in water resources and to appropriately reflect them in the National Water Policy.

    During the Consultation meeting, the elected representatives highlighted the issue of potable drinking water and sanitation, sewage treatment, deterioration in water quality, depletion of ground water level, illegal sand mining from river beds and suggested desilting, making mandatory construction of farm ponds, roof top rain water harvesting, maintenance of water infrastructure as part of contract, adequate funding to local bodies, construction of check dams, etc.

    Shri G. Mohan Kumar, Additional Secretary (Water Resources), Government of India, Shri Chetan Pandit, Chief Engineer, National Water Academy and other senior Officers from Central/State Government were also present during the consultation meeting.
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    Thumbs up Storage of Important Reservoirs in the Country (As on 27.10.2011).

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    03-November 2011

    Storage of Important Reservoirs in the Country (As on 27.10.2011)

    Central Water commission 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. 1.6.2011 was 24% of their designed capacity and stood at 81% of designed capacity as on 27.10.2011. The present storage is 108% of last year’s storage and 119% of last 10 years average storage during the same period. Out of these 81 reservoirs there are presently 10 reservoirs where this year’s storage is less than 80% of the average of previous 10 years and in remaining 71 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, Central Water Commission 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 27.10.11 as follows:

    The storage position in Ganga, Indus, Narmada, Tapi, Mahi, Sabarmati, Rivers of Kutch, Cauvery & neighboring EFRs, Mahanadi & Neighboring EFRs & West Flowing Rivers of south basins are better than average of previous 10 years and Godavari & Krishna basins are close to normal.

    Out of 36 reservoirs with significant hydro potential, 8 reservoirs have storage build up less than the average of last 10 years.

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    Thumbs up Minister of Water Resources & Parliamentary Affairs Pawan Bansal Inaugurates IITF Pavilion With Theme Save Water! Secure Future.

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    14-November 2011


    Minister of Water Resources & Parliamentary Affairs Pawan Bansal Inaugurates IITF Pavilion With Theme Save Water! Secure Future

    The Union Minister Of Water Resources & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal inaugurated IITF Pavilion of the Ministry with the theme Save Water! Secure Future in New Delhi today. Ministry of Water Resources has created a pavilion in Hall No. 7E in the 31st Edition of India International Trade Fair being organized by ITPO in Pragati Maiden from 14th to 27th November, 2011. The pavilion is carrying different exhibitory materials viz working models, translates, banners, posters etc. The theme of pavilion is “SAVE WATER! SECURE FUTURE”

    Various organizations under Ministry of Water Resources viz. Central Water Commission (CWC), Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), National Water Development Agency (NWDA), Central soil and materials Research Stations (CSMRS), National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), Central Water & Power Research Station (CWPRS), and Public Sector undertakings viz. Water and Power Consultancy Services (India) Ltd. (WAPCOS) and National Projects construction corporation Limited (NPCC) are exhibiting their models and other exhibitory materials to showcase their activities and achievements.

    The central attraction of pavilion is large size working model of proposed Pancheshwer Multipurpose Project (PMP) a joint venture of India-Nepal as per the Indo-Nepal Mahakali Treaty. The features of Pancheshwer model include Pancheshwer Dam Complex, Rupaligad Dam Complex, Tanakpur Barrage and Banbasa Barrage. This is for first time that working model of water resources Project at such large scale has been prepared in the country.

    In view of increasing scarcity of water resources, the conservation and judicious use of water has assumed great importance. Accordingly, the message matching with theme of pavilion is being exhibited through interactive models and other means to spread awareness and education among visitors. The various schemes of MoWR and their achievements are also being displayed in the CWC stall. The models and exhibitory materials are being explained to visitors by resource persons of relevant fields to ensure that people are motivated in appreciating the necessity and utility of these techniques for conservation of water for future generations.

    Children represent next generation and constitute one of most important clientele groups in focus for awareness campaign of Ministry. The Ministry has therefore sought to involve them through a blend of traditional and electronic media. Accordingly, a student corner has been provided in the pavilion where a pantomime show, which is traditional art form and quiz show on various aspects of water are also being organized throughout the duration of fair to attract and educate children especially the students about issues relating to water resources management.

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    Thumbs up Scarcity of Water.

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    01-December 2011
    Scarcity of Water

    Reports of the World Economic Forum titled “The Bubble is Close to Bursting: A Forecast of the Main Economic and Geopolitical Water Issues Likely to Arise in the World during the Next Two Decades”, “Water Security: The Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus”, etc. highlight the issue of water scarcity and challenges in water resources sector.

    Government is aware of increasing demand of water as a result of population growth, industrialization and urbanization. Several steps for augmentation, conservation and efficient management of water resources are taken up by the respective State Governments. In order to supplement the efforts of the State Governments, Government of India provides technical and financial assistance to State Governments to encourage sustainable development and efficient management of water resources through various schemes and programmes. Central assistance is provided to States under various schemes/programmes of Ministry of Water Resources namely, “Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) for Major and Medium Irrigation Projects”, AIBP for Minor Irrigation Projects”, Command Area Development and Water Management (CAD&WM) Programme”, “Repair, Renovation and Restoration (RRR) of Water Bodies”, etc.

    Government of India has also launched National Action Plan on Climate Change envisaging setting up of 8 National Missions, inter-alia, including National Water Mission with an objective of conservation of water, minimizing wastage and ensuring its more equitable distribution both across and within States through integrated water resources development and management. The five identified goals of the Mission are : (a) comprehensive water data base in public domain and assessment of impact of climate change on water resources; (b) promotion of citizen and state action for water conservation, augmentation and preservation; (c) focused attention to vulnerable areas including over-exploited areas; (d) increasing water use efficiency by 20%, and (e) promotion of basin level integrated water resources management.

    The average annual precipitation in India is estimated to be about 4,000 Billion Cubic Meters (BCM). After accounting for evaporation and evapo-transpiration, the average annual water availability has been assessed as 1869 BCM. It is estimated that owing to topographic, hydrological and other constraints, the utilizable water is 1123 BCM, which comprises of 690 BCM of surface water and 433 BCM of replenishable ground water resources. The National Commission on Integrated Water Resources Development (NCIWRD), in its report in 1999, had assessed total water requirement for various uses in the country as 1180 BCM by the year 2050. Further, due to large temporal and spatial variability in availability of water, water stress situation exists in our country.

    The Minister of State in the Ministry Of Water Resources and Minority Affairs Shri Vincent H. Pala gave this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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    Thumbs up Rehabilitation Issues of Polavaram Dam Project.

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    01-December 2011

    Rehabilitation Issues of Polavaram Dam Project

    The Investment clearance to original cost of Indira Sagar (Polavaram) Project was accorded by the Planning Commission on 25.02.2009 for Rs. 10151.04 Crore (PL-2005-06) subject to certain conditions, which inter-alia include that :

    i. The project authorities shall comply with the conditions stipulated in the Ministry of Environment and Forest letter No J-12011/74/2005-IA.I. dated 25.10.05 and J-12011/40/2002-IA.I. dated 25.04.06 regarding environmental clearance.

    ii. The project authorities shall comply with the conditions stipulated in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs letter no 20011/15/2005-CP&R(NGO) Dated 17th April 2007 and letter no 20011/15/2005-CP&R(NGO) Dated 24th May 2007 regarding R&R clearance for Project Affected Scheduled Tribe families.

    iii. The project authorities shall comply with the conditions stipulated in the 95th meeting minutes of the Advisory Committee of Ministry of Water Resources.

    As per the Environmental Clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forest , Government of India, a total of 1,93,357 persons are likely to be affected due t construction of Polavaram Project, out of that 1,75,275 persons from Andhra Pradesh, 6,316 persons from Orissa and 11,766 from Chhattisgarh would be affected. As per the clearance of Resettlement & Rehabilitation (R & R) Plan for Scheduled Tribe Project Affected Families (ST PAFs) from Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) , Polavaram Project would displace about 73,000 Scheduled Tribe persons in 299 villages in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Chhattisgarh with the maximum number being in Andhra Pradesh ( 60,770 ST persons in 276 villages). MoTA has granted clearance to the R & R Plan for ST PAFs for the project subject to Fulfillment of following conditions:

    (a) The Government of Andhra Pradesh shall ensure that no submergence and displacement of people including Scheduled Tribes (STs) takes place in the territories of States of Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

    (b) For the resettlement and rehabilitation of ST PAFs in respect of Andhra Pradesh, the Government of Andhra Pradesh shall follow their R & R Plan, in accordance with the provisions of National Policy on Resettlement and Rehabilitation, 2003.

    (c) The State Government of Andhra Pradesh shall provide land to STs in lieu of the land acquired for the construction of project from them in the command of the project, and preferably within the Scheduled Area if the command area and Scheduled Area are co-terminus.

    (d) The Government of Andhra Pradesh shall ensure that the R & R Plan is implemented and completed within a specified time schedule before the submergence in any area starts taking place.

    (e) The Government of Andhra Pradesh shall ensure a better livelihood with dignity for the STs in the new set up and surroundings.

    (f) All the rights and privileges enjoyed by STs in their original habitat shall be protected by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in the new set up.

    There will be no submergence and displacement of people including Scheduled Tribes (STs) in the State of Orissa and Chhattisgarh after construction of protective embankment. Out of 276 villages to be displaced in Andhra Pradesh, 5 villages were shifted and balance 271 villages are to be shifted. During the year 2011-12, it is proposed by State Goernment to rehabilitate 105 villages.

    The State Government has informed that there is adequate provision towards compensation and rehabilitation as per State Government R & R Policy.

    The Minister of State in the Ministry Of Water Resources and Minority Affairs Shri Vincent H. Pala gave this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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    Thumbs up More than 90% of rural households covered with improved sources of drinking water, says Govt.

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    13-December 2011


    More than 90% of rural households covered with improved sources of drinking water, says Govt


    About 12 lakh rural habitations were fully covered with drinking water supply through the National Rural Drinking Water Programme, NRDWP and other Central and State programmes. As per National Sample Survey Organizations 65th Round Survey of 2008-09, more than 90% of rural households are covered with improved sources of drinking water. The information was given by the Union Minister for Rural Development Shri Jairam Ramesh in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. He said, though water is a State subject, the Government of India administers the centrally sponsored scheme, NRDWP for providing financial and technical assistance to the States to supplement their efforts to provide adequate and potable drinking water to the rural areas. A budgetary allocation of Rs.9,350 crore has been provided for NRDWP for 2011-12. Under NRDWP, State Governments are vested with powers to plan, approve and implement drinking water supply schemes covering the remaining partially covered and quality affected habitations on priority.

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