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Many areas inaccessible to water, says State Water Policy
10/25/2017 10:46:21 PM
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Oct 25: The newly approved State Water Policy has stated that access to safe water for drinking and other domestic needs, continues to be a problem in many areas.
The state cabinet which met on Monday under the chairpersonship of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti adopted State Water Policy and Plan.
The Water Policy and Plan was to be formulated in terms of Section (IV) of the J&K State Water Resources (Regulation & Management) Act, 2010. The Cabinet called for co-opting the Forest Department for effective implementation of the policy.
As per the draft of the policy, it states that access to safe water for drinking and other domestic needs, continues to be a problem in many areas.
"Skewed availability of water between different regions and different people in the same region and also the intermittent and unreliable water supply system has the potential of causing social unrest," the policy's draft reads. The policy says that public agencies in charge of taking water related decisions tend to take these on their own without consultation with stakeholders, often resulting in "poor and unreliable service characterized by inequities of various kinds".
The state the policy says would endeavour to ensure access to a minimum quantity of potable water for essential health and hygiene to all its citizens, and make it available within easy reach of each household.
"Skewed availability of water between different regions and different people in the same region and also the intermittent and unreliable water supply system has the potential of causing social unrest," the policy's reads.
In the first-ever 'State Water Policy', the government says some parts of the state have become water stressed. "Rapid growth in demand for water due to population growth, urbanization and changing lifestyle pose serious challenges to water security," it reads. The draft also stresses on preparation of the master plan for the flood-prone areas, and called for various measures to protect the valley from floods in future.
"Measures to establish the extensive networks for flood forecasting to give timely warnings to the people likely to be effected shall also be outlined. A roadmap for determination of the limits of the flood basins and the necessary exercises to be carried out shall be prepared," it reads. It also emphasises on measures to protect the natural drainage systems with a view to removing artificial barriers in the path of excess drainage water. "Operating procedures for reservoirs shall be evolved and implemented in such a manner so as to have flood cushion and reduce trapping of sediments during flood seasons," it reads. Earlier, a six member cabinet sub-committee examined the proposal of J&K water policy.
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