Concerted efforts needed for sustainable mgmt. of fresh water resources in isles: Khirwar

Capacity building of stakeholders in water budgeting, management
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Port Blair
22 Nov 2017

To address the issue of water scarcity in the country particularly drinking water, the Central Ground Water Board, the apex organisation of the Ministry dealing with ground water, as per the instructions of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR,RD&GR), has been organising several types of training programmes, workshops, painting and essay writing competition by school children to promulgate the ideas of water conservation and artificial recharge throughout the country.
In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a Tier-III Training Programme under Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities of MoWR, RD & GR, Govt. of India on “Water Budgeting and Management at Local Level” for Capacity building of stakeholders was organized in the seminar hall at JNRM on Wednesday. Though the Chief Secretary couldn’t attend the event owing to his busy schedule, Mr Anindo Mazumdar, in his message to Mr Amlamjyoti Kar, Regional Director( i/c),CGWB, conveyed his best wishes for successful organization of the training programme.
The Commissioner-cum-Secretary (APWD), Mr Sanjeev Kirwar graced the programme as chief guest while Dr. N. Francis Xavier, Principal, JNRM and Dr. Pearl Devdas, H.O.D., Geography were also the present as the guest of honour and special guest.
In his address, Mr Sanjeev Kirwar opined that there should be concerted effort for sustainable management of fresh water resources in this water scarce archipelago. He also informed the house that under the kind initiative of Chief Secretary Administration is making sincere attempt to finally solve the water scarcity in Chowra and Neil Island with the help of CGWB especially under the leadership of Mr Kar. He also thanked Dr.N.Francis Xavier for extending necessary help to CGWB to organize such a nice programme for educating the islanders on the issue of conservation of this Vital Resources.
Dr. N.Francis Xavier explained many old surveys carried out by Britishers in the Island to solve the water crisis. He also recalled the efforts made by Mr Kar in solving the water problems in Chowra in the Pre-Tsunami. He requested CGWB to initiate few good studies in liaison with Geography Department of JNRM which will be beneficial for the Islands.
Dr. Pearl Devdas, H.O.D, Geography, JNRM thanked CGWB to select JNRM for the programme where many senior PG students have got the opportunity to listen many deliberations from the experts on Water Resources management. There were many important deliberations by the experts on the training programme. Those were “Basics of Ground Water Hydrology and Role of Stake Holders in Groundwater Management at local Levels” and “Groundwater Management Problems in A&N Islands in Pre and Post Tsunami” by Mr Amlanjyoti Kar, Regional Director (I/C), CGWB, Kolkata; Role of Geophysics in Groundwater Exploration with Field demonstration by Dr. A. K. Sinha, Geophysicist, CGWB, Kolkata; “Groundwater chemical quality with special reference to drinking water suitability” by Mr. A. N. Chowdhury, Chemist CGWB, Kolkata. Prof. P. M. Mohan, and Dr. S. Balaji, both from Puducherry University (Port Blair Campus) and Dr. Gaurab Dhali and Dr. G. Narshimulu both Guest Faculty, JNRM also deliberated in the training programme. At the end of the programme certificates were given away by the dignitaries to the participants.
Welcoming the gathering, Mr Amlanjyoti Kar, Regional Director (i/c), Central Ground Water Board, Eastern Region Kolkata and a Member of Task Force (Water Supply), A&N Administration explained the need for organizing such programmes these islands and the planning of MoWR, RD&GR to promulgate the ideas and sensitizing the stake holders at all level all around the country.  Mr A. N. Chowdhury, Chemist CGWB, Kolkata proposed the vote of thanks.