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Rivers to be linked to overcome drainage problem

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, JAN.27. The Water Resources Ministry was considering linking North and South rivers to overcome the problem of drainage, the Minister, Mr C. P. Thakur told presspersons here today.

(According to PTI, Mr. Thakur said, the Ministry would seem amendment in the Constitution to overcome the legal hassles in the linking of inter-State river waters.'')

Mr. Thakur announced the eighth International Drainage Workshop will be held at Vigyan Bhavan here from January 31 to February 4 sponsored by the Ministry and the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage and co-organised by the Central Water Commission and the Water and Power Consultancy Services Limited (WAPCOS).

The theme of the workshop will be ``Role of Drainage and Challenges in the 21st Century''. Mr Thakur said the special feature of the workshop will be discussions on new subjects such as `bio-drainage' and review of all the seven drainage workshops held so far to assess the impact of ``irrigation and drainage'' during the 20th century on water quantity and quality, ground water, human health, wetlands, habitats, forests and other eco- systems.

Over 200 delegates from India and abroad will participate in the workshop to share experiences in the field of drainage of irrigated agriculture, integration of drainage, flood control, water management, socio-economic issues, disposal of drainage water including its recycling and reuse and training and research needs in water sector.

Website launched

PTI reports:

Mr. C. P. Thakur, today inaugurated a website on water resources and its development in the country, as part of efforts to bring to the public information on the Government's policy.

The website ``Htpp:/Wrmin.Nic.In'' consists of 11 modules and 50 sub-modules with information related to water resources and its development, constitutional provision related to water, and the Government's policy on water, the Minister said.


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