Srinagar, Nov 1 (UNI) Expressing concern over depletion of water bodies in Jammu and Kashmir, Governor N N Vohra today said over exploitation of water resources has confronted mankind with serious challenges.
He stressed on conservation on water resources in the state.
Inaugurating a 3-day National Symposium on ''Water Resources in India, Concerns, Conservation and Management'' at Kashmir University, Mr Vohra said issues like climate change, global warming, melting of glaciers and over use of water resources are concerning one and all and need to be addressed with a common approach.
He said a decline in ground and surface water resources is showing adverse effects on the sectors directly dependable on aquatic resources.
''There can be alternatives to energy but not to water,'' Mr Vohra opined and said existence of life is impossible without water.
He said human nature is a great threat to the water bodies and everybody should be mindful of it.
Mr Vohra said the famous water bodies like Dal and Wullar demand a long -term and a well evolved strategy for their preservation and cleanliness.
The Governor expressed satisfaction that Kashmir University has formed a core group to study the technical, ecological and other reasons for pollution of the Dal Lake.
He expressed the hoped that the symposium would deliberate in length on these issues and would come out with some concrete recommendations for preservation of this huge water body.
He said during the symposium there would be fruitful discussions on the conservation and management of water resources in the country as well as in Jammu and Kashmir.
These discussions would be of immense use in future, Mr Vohra added.
Earlier, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Professor Reyaz Panjabi, in his well come address, elaborated the aims and objectives of the symposium.
He said during the symposium there would be presentations on climate change, surface and ground water resources, snow and glaciers, wet lands and the Dal lake.
He said participants from National Universities and other Institutes are attending the symposium.
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