‘New water policy by March’
New Delhi, July 26: India will have a new water policy by March that will spell out plans to increase the efficiency of water usage, mainly for irrigation of crops, by 20 percent in the next five years, Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has said.
Bansal, who was given the portfolio again in the cabinet reshuffle earlier this month, said he intended to improve the efficiency of surface water use in irrigation as it accounts for 83 percent of the country's water requirement.
"The present efficiency of water use is about 35 percent and we want to take it up to 42 percent in the next five years. This is important for conservation, preservation and augmentation of water," Bansal told IANS in an interview. Bansal said his ministry was holding consultations with various stakeholders about the new water policy which would be released by March next year. The last national water policy was released in 2002.
"That is the outer limit. We intend to unveil the policy before that," he said. Water resource ministry officials said the new policy will look at the challenges of reducing per capita availability of water, deterioration in quality, over-exploitation of ground water resources and lower efficiency of water utilization. (IANS)
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