Shri Nitin Gad­kari to at­tend con­fer­ence on “In­ter­na­tional Decade for Ac­tion: Wa­ter for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment 2018-2028” in Ta­jik­istan

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Union Min­is­ter for Wa­ter Re­sources, River De­vel­op­ment & Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion and Road Trans­port & High­ways and Ship­ping Shri Nitin Gad­kari is sched­uled to visit Re­pub­lic of Ta­jik­istan to rep­re­sent In­dia in the high-level Con­fer­ence on “In­ter­na­tional Decade for Ac­tion: Wa­ter for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, 2018-2028” on 20-21 June 2018. United Na­tions and Gov­ern­ment of Re­pub­lic of Ta­jik­istan are jointly or­ga­niz­ing the Con­fer­ence to dis­cuss key wa­ter re­lated is­sues of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals adopted by UN mem­ber coun­tries. Ta­jik­istan is a strate­gic part­ner coun­try in our ex­tended neigh­bor­hood. The coun­try has a lead­ing role in pi­o­neer­ing global wa­ter re­lated is­sues. As a close part­ner coun­try and a coun­try which it­self put great em­pha­sis on sus­tain­able use of wa­ter re­sources, In­dia has de­cided to con­trib­ute to the forth­com­ing Con­fer­ence in Ta­jik­istan. Min­is­ter is ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the Con­fer­ence and in­ter­act bi­lat­er­ally with Ta­jik dig­ni­taries and oth­ers. Shri Nitin Gad­kari will also share the ini­tia­tives, so­lu­tions and best prac­tices that Gov­ern­ment of In­dia is tak­ing in the field of Drink­ing Wa­ter & San­i­ta­tion, Wa­ter Re­source As­sess­ment, Re­source Dis­tri­bu­tion, Man­age­ment, Con­ser­va­tion and Har­vest­ing. He will out­line key pol­icy ini­tia­tives and flag­ship pro­grams of the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia in­clud­ing re­ju­ve­na­tion of river Ganga.

Nitin Gad­kari Re­leases Nabard Pub­li­ca­tion on Wa­ter Pro­duc­tiv­ity Map­ping of Ma­jor In­dian Crops

Union Min­is­ter for Wa­ter Re­sources, River De­vel­op­ment and Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion, Ship­ping, Road Trans­port & High­ways Shri Nitin Gad­kari re­leased a book ‘Wa­ter pro­duc­tiv­ity map­ping of ma­jor In­dian crops’ pub­lished by NABARD in a func­tion at New Delhi to­day. Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing Shri

Gad­kari said that there is no scarcity of wa­ter in the coun­try but we have to im­prove upon the plan­ning and man­age­ment of wa­ter re­sources. Our Min­istry and Gov­ern­ment is think­ing about in­no­va­tive ways for bet­ter man­age­ment of wa­ter re­sources. Pro­posal for three projects at Tu­ti­corin, Paradip and Kandla are un­der con­sid­er­a­tion where sea wa­ter can be de­salinised and used for ir­ri­ga­tion and other works. He fur­ther said that we are in a process to en­cour­age pipe­lines in place of long canals. Piped and drip ir­ri­ga­tion will def­i­nitely con­serve wa­ter. We are com­mit­ted for the vi­sion of ‘Har Khet Ko Pani’ and ‘Per Drop More Drop’. He also stressed on the need of wa­ter test­ing like soil test­ing be­fore cultivating any crop. This will im­prove crop yield and avoid wastage of wa­ter also. Sec­re­tary Min­istry of Wa­ter Re­sources, River De­vel­op­ment and Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion Shri U.P. Singh em­pha­sized on the need of short term mea­sures also for wa­ter con­ser­va­tion. He said that per­fo­rated Bor­ings should be used for quick recharge and stor­age for un­der­ground wa­ter. The book ‘Wa­ter pro­duc­tiv­ity map­ping of ma­jor In­dian crops’ is based on study of 10 im­por­tant crops by a team un­der the lead­er­ship of lead­ing agri­cul­tural econ­o­mist Dr. Ashok Gu­lati. The ten im­por­tant crops in­clude rice, wheat, maize, pulses, oilseeds, sug­ar­cane, cot­ton and potato etc. The book sug­gests to re­align crop­ping pat­tern keep­ing in view wa­ter scarcity of ir­ri­ga­tion, ra­tion ir­ri­ga­tion sup­plies in canal ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem, im­prove mi­croir­ri­ga­tion and in­vest in wa­ter har­vest­ing and ar­ti­fi­cial recharge and en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tory ir­ri­ga­tion man­age­ment through wa­ter user as­so­ci­a­tion and farmer’s pro­ducer or­gan­i­sa­tion. Sec­re­tary Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture Shri S.K. Pat­tanayak and NABARD Chair­man Dr Harsh Ku­mar Bhan­wala also spoke on the oc­ca­sion. Min­istry of Wa­ter Re­sources ac­cepts two ma­jor ir­ri­ga­tion and four flood man­age­ment projects from six states The Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee of the Min­istry of Wa­ter Re­sources, River De­vel­op­ment and Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion has ac­cepted two ma­jor ir­ri­ga­tion/mul­ti­pur­pose projects and four flood man­age­ment schemes/ mas­ter plans with a cu­mu­la­tive cost of Rs. 84,748 Crores from six States/ UT in its meet­ing held in New Delhi yesterday. The Kalesh­waram Project of Te­lan­gana with an es­ti­mated cost of Rs. 80190.46 Crores in­volves diver­sion of 195 TMC (5522 Mil­lion Cu­bic Me­ter) of Go­davari wa­ter to ir­ri­gate about 18.25 lakh acres of land in 13 dis­tricts (out of to­tal 31 dis­tricts) of Te­lan­gana. Fur­ther, this project will sta­bi­lize about 18.82 lakh acres of land un­der dif­fer­ent projects of the state. In ad­di­tion to this, the project will pro­vide 40 TMC (1133 MCM) of drink­ing wa­ter to Hy­der­abad, Se­cun­darabad and vil­lages en­route and 16 TMC (453 MCM) of in­dus­trial wa­ter. The Up­per Pravara (Nil­wan­deII) Project of Ma­ha­rash­tra with an es­ti­mated cost of Rs. 2232.62 Crores will ir­ri­gate an area of 2,12,758 acres and pro­vide drink­ing wa­ter to the tune of 13.15 MCM. The Ma­hananda Flood Man­age­ment Scheme (Phase-II) of Bi­har, Seer Khad Project of Hi­machal Pradesh, Yanam Flood Pro­tec­tion Works of Union Ter­ri­tory Puducherry and Ghatal Mas­ter Plan (Phase-I) of West Ben­gal were also ac­cepted in the meet­ing. Th­ese projects will pro­vide flood pro­tec­tion to about 13,58,000 per­sons and save about 4,51,750 acres of area from flood­ing. The Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee met in Cen­tral Wa­ter Com­mis­sion, New Delhi, un­der the chair­man­ship of Shri U P Singh, Sec­re­tary, Wa­ter Re­sources, River De­vel­op­ment and Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion yesterday and as­sessed the techno-eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity of the above projects.

Naren­dra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia

Union Min­is­ter for Wa­ter Re­sources, River De­vel­op­ment and Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion, Ship­ping, Road Trans­port & High­ways Shri Nitin Gad­kari

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