India to assess climate change impact on water cycle

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New Delhi, Sept 12 (UNI) The Advisory Council for Artificial Recharge of Ground Water of the Water Resources Ministry today decided to bring out a white paper on the impact of climate change on India's hydrological cycle.

The Council presided over by Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz also deliberated on the issue of making rain water harvesting and water conservation a national goal and adopted a nine point resolution including bringing out a white paper on the issue that has been agitating the minds of millions of people.

The meeting also resolved to take further steps to ensure success of village demonstration programmes for securing more crop per drop of water. It also decided to set up independent monitors in six zones.

The Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) will accord a greater attention to water quality issues for having a focussed intervention. The Board will prepare a National Ground Water Quality hot spot map.

The Council said that programmes in selected blocks will be carried out in coordination with the concerned states to make critical blocks safe.

The Directorate of Film Festivals will be requested to have a separate section on water in the film festivals. A special campaign for dissemination of information on the ground water recharging and rainwater harvesting in the educational institutions is also planned.

The meeting expressed happiness over the CGWB for developing a web enabled ground water information system.


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