Govt looking for solutions to overcome water challenges

Hyderabad: The Centre on Tuesday said it was trying to get "best solutions" from within the country and abroad to overcome water challenges.

"We have identified 27 types of water challenges like salinity, iron, fluoride, less water and distant source. All these challenges are on one side and there are some 50-60 solutions on the other side, both in India and abroad," Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan said today.

"We are not standing on formalities and we will get best solutions from anywhere," Chavan told a press conference here.

The minister was here to inaugurate a structural facility at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB).

Chavan said the Supreme Court has directed the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to solve the water problems in the country.

"The Secretary of DST is reporting to the Supreme Court on the action taken every two months. We are asking people to come up with technologies and encouraging competition to create alternative technologies. We will then find out which technology is best for households, schools, hospitals, small villages."

Chavan said the Department of Earth Sciences has done some work on de-salination plants. A one lakh litre capacity plant using the low-temperature thermal de-salination process was installed at Cavaratti in Lakshadweep Islands four years ago, while two more plants were being built.

"The entire population of the Island is using this water which has many health benefits. The Department of Atomic Energy has built a large de-salination plant at Chennai while the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Defence Research Development Organisation and other agencies have also been working on such technologies," the Minister said.

"Let people come with technologies and we will pay them to set up water plants," Chavan added.