GUWAHATI, June 30 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said at a meeting of the Assam Water Mission held at his official residence here last evening, that a legislation would be introduced for conservation of water.
He also directed the authorities concerned to frame a policy to regulate the practices of sinking deep tubewells in Guwahati and to involve the people, particularly the non-governmental organisations (NGOs), academicians and scientists in the efforts to ensure proper utilisation of water resources.
According to an official press release here today, the Chief Minister, who was chairing the meeting, also laid stress on generating popular awareness on water conservation and said that steps should be initiated first of all to conserve rainwater in the government offices.
He informed those present at the meeting that an MoU would be signed with the Columbia University to strengthen the water resources management system in the State. He directed the water resources department to make the State�s own water management system more dynamic, besides advocating regional cooperation with the neighbouring states for developing a proper water resources management system.
Laying stress on ensuring the growth of agricultural produce through proper management of water resources, Chief Minister Gogoi called for strong measures for developing an effective water resources management system.
The Assam Water Mission is to develop a proper water resources management system for the State, taking into consideration the aspects like requirement of water in irrigation, industrial and thermal power plants, use of groundwater, water conservation etc.
The meeting was attended by Environment and Forest Minister Etowa Munda, Water Resources Minister Basanta Das, Irrigation Minister Chandan Sarkar, Public Health Engineering Department Minister Sukur Ali, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia and other senior officers, said the press release.