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Like In Fight Against COVID-19, World Needs To Unite Against Water Crisis: Jal Shakti Minister

According to Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the central government is working on the Atal Bhujal Yojna, an initiative to map and recharge aquifers and conserve groundwater in collaboration with the World Bank

Like In Fight Against COVID-19, World Needs To Unite Against Water Crisis: Jal Shakti Minister
Highlights
  • NMCG would focus on behavioral change to address water scarcity: Centre
  • Ministry of Jal Shakti is presently collecting data of water resources
  • The attitude of polluting now and rejuvenate later must change: NITI Ayog

New Delhi: Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Wednesday (December 16) said the world needs to come together to meet the challenges of the water sector in the same way as the world has united in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Shekhawat was speaking at the concluding session of fifth India Water Impact Summit organised by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) to explore new technologies in water security and rejuvenation of local water bodies in the country.

As per an official release, the focal point of discussion during the summit was “River Conservation Synchronised Navigation and Flood Management”.

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The Minister congratulated NMCG and cGanga for successfully organising the summit and equated it with “Vaicharik Kumbh”, and said the scheme would promote panchayat-centric groundwater management and behavioural change with the main emphasis on demand-side management, and the world needs to come together to meet the challenges of the water sector in the same way as the world has united in fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Mr. Shekhawat further pointed out that the conference resulted in greater interaction between investors and stakeholders in the water sector to promote international cooperation between India and many foreign countries for water and river management.

We have learnt a lot from national and international experiences and it is our promise that we will try to bring these learnings and concepts into practice. There is a political will and determination like never before, backed by support from academic and self-help organizations, he stated.

Notably, to make India water-rich, the Ministry of Jal Shakti is working towards a collection of data of water resources.

Talking about groundwater, Mr. Shekhawat said that India working to reduce our dependence use groundwater, which is the most used form of fresh water in the world.

We are working on the Atal Bhujal Yojna, a pioneering initiative to map and recharge aquifers and conserve groundwater in collaboration with the World Bank. The scheme has been formed with the main objective of strengthening the institutional structure for groundwater management and bringing about behavioural changes at the community level for sustainable groundwater resource management in seven states, the Minister stated.

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Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri appreciated the momentum and impact created by the Namami Gange mission, and informed that NMCG and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) have developed a first of its kind strategic framework for managing urban river areas in the Ganga River Basin called the ‘Urban River Management Plan’.

This framework is a river centric planning framework, designed to help cities manage the rivers within their stretches using a systems approach, he said.

Expressing his delight over the outcomes of the last four IWIS, Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Ayog said,

The attitude of polluting now and rejuvenate later must change.

Vijay Kumar Choudhry, Minister of Water Resource Department, Bihar apprised the audience about the challenges of Bihar which has rivers entering from Nepal in the north and from other Indian states in the south.

The flood management is an extremely relevant topic for Bihar because of its geography. Bihar is actively working on the conservation of local water bodies and wastewater management. I request cGanga and NMCG to give a special focus on flood management in Bihar, said  Mr. Choudhry.

Minister of State, Jal Shakti Ministry, Ratan Lal Katariya was also present at the Summit.

Also Read: World Bank Sanctions Over Rs. 3,000 Crore To Enhance Namami Gange Programme

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World

22,90,75,864Cases
19,16,26,474Active
3,27,49,574Recovered
46,99,816Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,90,75,864 and 46,99,816 have died; 19,16,26,474 are active cases and 3,27,49,574 have recovered as on September 21, 2021 at 3:56 am.

India

3,35,04,534 26,115Cases
3,09,5758,606Active
3,27,49,574 34,469Recovered
4,45,385 252Deaths
In India, there are 3,35,04,534 confirmed cases including 4,45,385 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,09,575 and 3,27,49,574 have recovered as on September 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,24,498 2,583

45,229 1,281

63,40,723 3,836

1,38,546 28

Kerala

45,24,158 15,692

1,67,578 6,623

43,32,897 22,223

23,683 92

Karnataka

29,68,543 677

14,386 1,025

29,16,530 1,678

37,627 24

Tamil Nadu

26,47,041 1,661

16,984 15

25,94,697 1,623

35,360 23

Andhra Pradesh

20,39,529 839

14,388 311

20,11,063 1,142

14,078 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,680 11

194 4

16,86,599 15

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,173 524

7,810 96

15,35,699 608

18,664 12

Delhi

14,38,517 20

379 8

14,13,053 28

25,085

Odisha

10,20,754 510

4,947 96

10,07,666 600

8,141 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,094 38

297 7

9,91,234 43

13,563 2

Rajasthan

9,54,263 9

91 10

9,45,218 19

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,737 14

133 3

8,15,522 17

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,402 8

96 0

7,81,789 8

10,517

Haryana

7,70,746 13

340 6

7,60,598 7

9,808

Bihar

7,25,901 7

69 1

7,16,173 8

9,659

Telangana

6,63,662 208

4,991 14

6,54,765 220

3,906 2

Punjab

6,01,323 59

307 10

5,84,517 38

16,499 31

Assam

5,98,423 455

4,984 72

5,87,632 517

5,807 10

Jharkhand

3,48,125 9

55 1

3,42,937 10

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,393 11

267 6

3,35,736 17

7,390

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,069 128

1,461 32

3,22,191 159

4,417 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,140 234

1,616 54

2,11,871 177

3,653 3

Goa

1,75,583 85

810 36

1,71,478 48

3,295 1

Puducherry

1,25,517 54

867 56

1,22,818 109

1,832 1

Manipur

1,18,673 178

2,183 6

1,14,658 183

1,832 1

Tripura

83,905 51

346 10

82,750 40

809 1

Mizoram

81,460 1,731

15,140 1,008

66,057 721

263 2

Meghalaya

79,667 174

1,896 5

76,391 168

1,380 1

Chandigarh

65,188 7

41 4

64,329 3

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,126 56

410 12

53,444 67

272 1

Sikkim

30,971 16

654 59

29,937 74

380 1

Nagaland

30,907 43

467 17

29,786 59

654 1

Ladakh

20,737 7

138 4

20,392 3

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 1

10,666 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,359 3

8 3

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,600

13 0

7,458

129

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