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Water crisis: Centre explores possibility of using sea water

Last Updated: Monday, August 10, 2009 - 23:15

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday informed the
Supreme Court that it was exploring utilisation of sea water
as one of the alternative means for meeting acute water crisis
that has gripped the country in recent years.

"Desalination of sea water for meeting requirements of
different users such as agriculture, municipal and drinking,
using low temperature thermal desalnation, reverse osmosis
etc need to be explored and examined for their social and
economic viabilities.

"The innovative approaches for adopting known, but
hitherto, unexplored and exploited technologies would be
necessary, " the Centre said in an affidavit filed through the
Department of Science and Technology.

The affidavit has been filed in response to an April
28 direction of the apex court on a PIL filed by an advocate M
K Balakrishnan.

"The government has no right to be in office. You have
no right to be in office if you can`t provide water," Justice
Markandeya Katju heading a bench with Justice H L Dattu had
told Additional Solicitor General Parag Tripathi appearing for
the Centre.

According to the Centre, though the problem of
salinity would have to tackled, it seems that utilisation of
sea water seems to be one of the logical methods to overcome
water crisis.

"It seems logical to draw water supply from oceans
in coastal areas on account of oceans serving as an abundant
source," the Centre said.

Ahluwalia draws attention of foresters to water scarcity

Saying that water availability per
capita was going down rapidly, Deputy Chairman of Planning
Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia today asked forest officers
to find a way out of the problem so that the country does not
fall into an irreversible trap.

The gross per capita availability of water in the country
is going down at an alarming rate and hence the forest
managers have to find a way out to deal with the situation so
that the country does not fall into an irreversible trap,
Ahluwalia said while speaking as chief guest during the 38th
annual convocation of Indian Forest Service officers at the
Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA) here.

He also told the officers to act as facilitators in
providing the benefits of forests to the community through
popular participation.

Earlier, Ahluwalia awarded the associate of IGFNA diploma
to 25 officers of the forest service for successfully
completing the two-year professional forestry course.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 10, 2009 - 23:15

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