By Our Staff Reporter
Bhopal, Oct 18
Expressing concern over increasing water pollution in the world, Madhya Pradesh Urban Administration and Development Minister Shri Babulal Gaur said if effective measures were not undertaken right now then water war will erupt in future. Shri Gaur was addressing the third International Water Conference here today. The two-day conference has been organised jointly by the Union Urban Development and Water Resources ministries and Indian Chamber of Commerce.
At the inaugural session, Shri Babulal Gaur expressed concern over the situation and said that if water pollution was not checked in time, the next generation will not get clean drinking water. He informed that as per a report of High-powered Expert Committee, Rs. 320 lakh crore will be required for making available drinking water infrastructure available in cities of the country for next 20 years. Only 64 percent urban population in India have water connections. This percentage is 91 in China and over 80 percent in other countries like South Africa.
It is noteworthy that in view of importance of water, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan had demanded to declare the 12th Five-Year Plan as Water Scheme at a meeting of the Planning Commission and the National Development Council.
Shri Gaur informed that on the lines of Ganga purification scheme of the Union Government, Madhya Pradesh Government has chalked out an action plan to purify Narmada River.
He informed that special efforts are afoot for water management and safety in Madhya Pradesh. The State Government has launched Mukhyamantri Shehri Pey-Jal Yojna under which every urban body will be supplied clean drinking water as per norms. Presently, the State Government has sanctioned and implemented Rs. 600 crore drinking water schemes in the state’s 37 urban bodies.
As many as 50 schemes worth Rs. 1000 will be sanctioned this year. Besides, work has also been started to interlink 12 all-weather rivers in the state. Under the scheme, work has been started to link Narmada and Kshipra rivers. Works are also underway to conserve other water bodies like lakes and reservoirs.
It is noteworthy that agreement for the country’s first river link project was signed in the year 2005 between Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh governments under Ken-Betwa Link Project. Water Resources and Urban Administration Ministers of Maharashtra and Bihar also expressed their views at the conference.