Central teams to assess drought-hit areas in the country

The Central Water Commission and the Central Ground Water Board will identify water resources management challenges

PTI April 28, 2016 12:46:45 IST
Central teams to assess drought-hit areas in the country

New Delhi: Central teams will study water situation in drought-affected areas in the country, until June this year, and prepare a long-term plan of possible actions to tackle the calamity, an official statement said on Thursday.

The Central Water Commission (CWC) and Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) teams have been tasked with analysing causes leading to drought situations, and identifying water resources management challenges.

Central teams to assess droughthit areas in the country

The government will select areas for inspection on the
basis of water stress indicators and in consultation with
states. AFP.

The teams will also figure out gaps in water information, plans to recharge, long-run solutions, and suggest measures for protection, management, and restoration of water bodies, the statement said.

"The teams have also been asked to prepare a long-term work plan of possible options. They will submit their report within a fortnight to CWC and CGWB chairpersons, who in turn, will submit it to the (Water Resources) Ministry with their comments. This will be a continuous exercise till June 2016," it said.

The government will select areas for inspection on the basis of water stress indicators and in consultation with states.

The teams will incorporate one officer from state water resources department.

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