Uma Bharti reviews flood situation in country

NEW DELHI, Aug 19:  Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti today held a high-level meeting here to review the flood situation in the country.
The Minister will visit Uttar Pradesh on August 21 and Bihar on August 25 for discussions on flood-related issues with the state Governments. She is also planning to visit Uttarakhand in connection with India-Nepal Pancheshwar Multipurpose project. Dr Amarjit Singh, Secretary, MoWR, RD and GR is already on a visit to Assam for the survey of flood-affected areas.
In today’s meeting, the officers briefed Ms Bharti about the flood situation in various parts of the country and the pro-active actions taken by the organisations concerned under the Ministry in mitigating the effect of floods.
The Minister was briefed that Central Water Commission (CWC) had taken pro-active steps during the floods by way of issuing around 3200 flood forecasts to all user agencies concerned which have been extremely beneficial to the district administration in timely evacuation and saving of lives of millions of people, an official from Ministry of Water Resources said.
Further, the Ministry has issued seven specific district-wise advisories on anticipated floods and dam-wise advisories for water release wherever applicable to facilitate early NDRF/SDRF deployment and operation of reservoir gates.
Another significant step taken by the Ministry, since June  is that three day advance flood advisories based on rainfall-runoff model have been made available for all the 19 river basins online, for the benefit of all stakeholders.
The Minister directed that all the organisations concerned under the Ministry will extend all possible help to the flood affected people.
She emphasised that long-term solution to mitigate  flood and droughts lies in  the  interlinking of rivers along with building of large storages.
She said the Ministry has obtained all clearances for Ken-Betwa Link Project in MP and UP.
The Minister was pleased to state that Uttar Pradesh government has conveyed its support to Ken Betwa river interlinking project and the response of  Madhya Pradesh Government is expected to be received soon. The Union Government is eager to implement this first river interlinking project for the benefit of the people of Bundhelkhand region.  The DPR of Damanganga-Pinjal link and Par-Tapi-Narmada interlinking projects are in advanced stage. Further, the Kosi-Mechi link and Kosi-Ghagra link envisaged in the Himalayan region would greatly attenuate high flood intensity in the Ganga Basin.
The Minister said the Union Government is having continuous dialogue with the Government of Nepal at various levels to mitigate devastation caused by the flood from the rivers coming from Nepal through planning of various storage dams jointly viz Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project on river Sarada; Sapta Kosi High dam Project and Sun Kosi Storage-cum- Diversion scheme are proposed in the Sapta Kosi Basin.
In Brahmaputra Basin, a Committee of the Ministry has assessed storage requirements of 9.2 BCM in Siang, 0.6 BCM in Dibang, 1.61 BCM in Lohit and 1.91 BCM in Subansiri sub Basins. A proposal for construction of single-stage Siang Upper Multipurpose Storage is under active consideration of the Ministry.  (UNI)


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