Article courtesy by India Infoline News | Feb 21st 2013 | India Infoline
The total water available in India from rain and snow is 4000 BCM of which only 450BCM can be utilized,” informed Harish Rawat, Union Minister for Water Resources at a conference on “Sustainable Safe Drinking Water in India” organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi.
The Per Capita Availability of Water is low in India. We therefore need to enhance the storage capacity of water. The total water available in India from rain and snow is 4000 BCM of which only 450BCM can be utilized,” informed Harish Rawat, Union Minister for Water Resources at a conference on “Sustainable Safe Drinking Water in India” organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi.
The Minister further stated that “The continuous depletion of ground water resources is the major focus of the Government. A lot of efforts are required to promote rain water harvesting in the country as lot of rain water is available and gets wasted.”
The Minister expressed regret that the major institutional Buildings in Delhi and other major cities are without facilities of roof top harvesting.
The Minister apprised the delegates that the main aim of the Ministry of Water Resources is “to augment the storage capacity and enhance water use efficiency in the country as well as encourage integrated management”.
Pankaj Jain, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Government of India, in his Special Address apprised the delegates that “water will become more and more a scarce commodity in future.
We must shift emphasis on conservation and ensure that safe drinking water is available in adequate quantities to the rural population of the country”.
Jain also informed the delegates that the Government is diverting higher outlays for drinking water. He also emphasized the need to construct Rainy wells in the country where water is pure.
Suman Jyoti Khaitan, President, PHD Chamber in his Welcome Address emphasized that “the problem of water quality needs to be addressed by empowering the local communities.
The government needs to ensure that the service providers responsible to reach safe drinking water to the consumers are not allowed to get away without any kind of accountability towards the consumers on the quality and purity of water.”