Union Minister for Water Resource, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation – Nitin Gadkari wants water circuits developed like power circuits. In order to achieve better track record in water conservation, Gadkari stressed on the need of river connectivity, construction of Barrages, Dams, Rubber dams and Bandhas, drip and piped irrigation in the country and highlighted the need for water circuits in the country on the lines of power circuits. He expressed his views while addressing the Second India Water Impact Summit 2017 in New Delhi. He believes that availability of water is not the problem but we as a country need to learn how to manage and conserve it. He further added that such a development on water conservation front and water management will help in achieving the Union Government’s plan to double the income of farmers by the year 2022. According to Gadkari, enhancing drip and pipe irrigation will lead to reduction in water wastage and it will be cost effective for farmers as well. He further added, river connectivity programme can reduce water crisis in critical areas like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana and Maharashtra.
Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation – Uma Bharti said that apart from the government programme, the will power or ‘Sankalp Shakti’ of common man is very crucial for achievement of the “Aviral and Nirmal Ganga” goal. She expressed that lot of talking has been done so far and now it’s time for action and results. The Minister put forth her desire to see all projects related to clean Ganga being initiated fully by October 2018.
The four day summit has been organised by Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and studies, IIT Kanpur in collaboration with National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation – with the main focus on “Valuing Water Transforming Ganga”. Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation UP Singh was also present, he expressed concern over the declining level of ground water in many parts of the country.