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Government of India
Ministry of Water Resources
21-September-2016 18:13 IST
Apex Council Meeting Decides to Set up Telemetry System and Joint Teams for River Basin Study

Setting up of National Council for River Ganga is a Turning Point in Ganga Rejuvenation Programme of the Government: Uma Bharti

The Apex council meeting on Krishna river held in New Delhi today decided for setting up telemetry systems for water gauging on river Krishna to provide upto date data on flow of water in the river. The council under the Chairpersonship of Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti also decided to constitute joint teams for river basin study of both the states. The joint teams will have experts from both the States and Centre. The teams will give their report about water sharing which will be forwarded to Krishna tribunal for speedy decision. Briefing media after the meeting Sushri Bharti said the meeting was held in a very cordial atmosphere. She said both the states will continue consultation on official levels on other related issues. The meeting was attended by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri N Chandrababu Naidu and Chief Minister of Telangana Shri K Chandrashekar Rao.

Referring to today’s cabinet approval for setting up of National Council for River Ganga, the Minister called it a turning point in Ganga Rejuvenation programme of the government. Sushri Bharti said this decision will give more teeth to the NMCG for environmental protection of river Ganga. The Minister said in order to ensure transparency and cost effectiveness, a provision for concurrent audit and safety audit has been made. She said this move will ensure effective abatement of pollution in Ganga and will help in maintaining ecological flow of the river. The Minister informed that by next week tenders will be issued for taping 22 major drains of 11 towns which account for 90 per cent of sewer flow into Ganga on hybrid annuity mode.

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