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CSC fails to examine proposal of Water Policy
9/19/2017 11:42:27 PM

Minam Saqib
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Sept 19: The Cabinet Submit Committee has failed to examine the proposal regarding adoption of State Water Policy and Plan in the State.
On June 14, J&K Government constituted a Cabinet Sub-Committee to examine the proposal regarding adoption of State Water Policy and Plan in the State.
The General Administration Department order states that the committee shall be serviced by the Public Health Engineering Department and shall submit its report within a period of one month. However, even after over three months, sources said that the CSC has failed to submit its report.
"The CSC held a meeting on August 23 and discussed the parameters to be adopted while formulating the State Water Policy and Plan. But I don't know whether any recommendations were submitted by the CSC," an official of the GAD said. "It seems that the CSC is yet to examine the proposal and make any changes in it."
The official said that CSC framed in the backdrop of the cabinet decision to examine the draft to make the policy more comprehensive.
In the proposed first-ever 'State Water Policy', the government says some parts of the state have become water stressed. "Rapid growth in demand for water due to population growth, urbanization and changing lifestyle pose serious challenges to water security," it reads.
It states that access to safe water for drinking and other domestic needs, continues to be a problem in many areas.
"Skewed availability of water between different regions and different people in the same region and also the intermittent and unreliable water supply system has the potential of causing social unrest," the policy's draft reads.
The draft of the policy says that public agencies in charge of taking water related decisions tend to take these on their own without consultation with stakeholders, often resulting in "poor and unreliable service characterized by inequities of various kinds".
The state the policy says would endeavour to ensure access to a minimum quantity of potable water for essential health and hygiene to all its citizens, and make it available within easy reach of each household.
The draft also stresses on preparation of the master plan for the flood-prone areas, and called for various measures to protect the valley from floods in future.
"Measures to establish the extensive networks for flood forecasting to give timely warnings to the people likely to be effected shall also be outlined. A roadmap for determination of the limits of the flood basins and the necessary exercises to be carried out shall be prepared," it reads.
It also emphasises on measures to protect the natural drainage systems with a view to removing artificial barriers in the path of excess drainage water.
"Operating procedures for reservoirs shall be evolved and implemented in such a manner so as to have flood cushion and reduce trapping of sediments during flood seasons," it reads.
The State had enacted Jammu and Kashmir State Water Resources (Regulation and Management) Act for regulating water resources, ensuring judicious, equitable and sustainable management, allocation and utilization of water resources and fixing the rates for use of water in 2010.
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