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Ministry of Water Resources to celebrate 2015-16 as Jal Kranti Varsh

The Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ms Uma Bharati today said that the Year 2015-16 will be celebrated as ‘Jal Kranti Varsh (Year)’ across the country. Delivering the valedictory address at the 3rd India Water Week here, she said the programme will be celebrated in each district of the country and all efforts will be made to conserve and save water. She also informed that all the State Governments are on board in this noble mission. Referring to Prime Minister’s call for making Water Conservation a true Public Movement, She said, Centre and States should make joint efforts in this endeavour.

Making a strong pitch for the revival of Yamuna, Ms Bharati said, inter-linking of rivers has achieved considerable progress and through Yamuna-Sharada link and Pancheswar project of Nepal, more water will flow in the Yamuna in the coming years. She said, Shri Narendra Modi during his Visit to Nepal in the middle of this year took the Pancheshwar issue with the highest authorities in Kathmandu. The Minister expressed confidence that by next year city of Mumbai will also get drinking water through linking of rivers. On Clean Ganga mission, She asserted that power mafia will be crushed and they will not be allowed to kill the holy river.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Prof Sanwar Lal Jat underlined the need for optimum utilisation of water resources for maximum irrigation. He also called upon all the stakeholders and the common man to take steps for recharge of ground water through small conservation methods.

In his address, acting CEO, Australian Water Commission Richard Mcloughlin said, both the countries can cooperate in the areas like Clean Ganga Mission and Water management, besides in the specific areas like water markets, recovering water table, river-basin planning and irrigation water management.

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