Meghalaya becomes First State in India to have Water Policy
GUWAHATI: At a time when the entire country is facing water crisis, Meghalaya showed the way by becoming the first state to approve a draft water policy to address water issues, conservation, and protection of water sources in the state.
The draft was passed on July 12 following detailed discussions and deliberation with the ministers of the cabinet.
Prestone Tynsong, Deputy Chief Minister, said, "The policy intends to achieve sustainable development, management and use of water resources with community participation. This will improve health and livelihood and reduce vulnerability among the people. This will also assure of good governance for present and future generations through integrated water resources management and environmental sustainability."
"Issues such as the protection of catchment areas and river pollution have also been outlined in the policy. Community participation is what we are looking for in as we want to reach to the villages with this policy," he said.
Tynsong also said that the committees will be formed at village level and the issue of groundwater will also be catered through this policy. Also, the department will also monitor the quality of the water to check if it has a high content of iron or if it's acidic.
The government will soon notify about the policy.
Assam, too, has been facing water crisis with many parts of Guwahati reeling under the problem of water shortage.