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India highlights water efficiency initiatives at Singapore meet

India has embarked on a number of initiatives in the area of water utilisation efficiency to ensure that the country has sufficient water supply in the long-term.



Singapore: India has embarked on a number
of initiatives in the area of water utilisation efficiency to
ensure that the country has sufficient water supply in the
long-term, Minister of State for Water Resources Vincent H
Pala said here today.

"In India, we have done quite a lot of work for all
around water development. There has been significant
achievement in India in providing safe drinking water,
particularly in rural and remote areas," he told delegates
attending a Ministerial Round Table at the Asia-Pacific Water
Ministers` Forum, which began today.

"A lot more is being done," he added at the session on
"Water Security ? Good Governance and Sustainable Solution",
pointing out that India presently has the capacity to supply
1,123 billion cubic metres of water per year, whereas demand
is estimated to touch 1,447 bcm/year in 2050.

As such, the emphasis is on efficiency, he said.

Pala also highlighted India`s achievements in micro-
irrigation, such as the use of sprinklers and educating
farmers on how to use water efficiently in the agricultural
sector.

Speaking to PTI after the event, which coincided with the
start of the Singapore International Water Week, Pala said
India`s River Linking scheme was progressing well, with
feasibility studies completed on two of the 30 identified
rivers across the country.

The River Linking scheme is part of the state-to-state
water supply security initiative, which will be mutually
beneficial for individual states.

He said feasibility studies were underway on 15 rivers in
the northern part of the country and another 15 in the
southern states.

-PTI

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