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MAKING A POINT: Rajendra Singh addressing a conference of Rotary International district 3020 on `water management' in Vijayawada on Saturday. - Photo: Raju V.
MAKING A POINT: Rajendra Singh addressing a conference of Rotary International district 3020 on `water management' in Vijayawada on Saturday. - Photo: Raju V.

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Decentralised water management to yield better results

Expert stresses on the need to link society with riversWater shortage in Krishna district attributed to mismanagement

VIJAYAWADA: Describing the idea of linking of rivers across the country as `dangerous', Ramon Magsaysay award winner and water conservation activist Rajendra Singh has said that the need of the hour is to link civil society with rivers.

Addressing a conference of the Rotary International district 3020 here on Saturday, Dr. Singh said that the Indian political system would not be able to resolve many conflicts that would arise between upper riparian States and lower riparian States if the rivers were networked. He felt that community-driven decentralised management of water would yield better results than networking of rivers. By involving the locals, networking of rivers at local level could be thought about if necessary, he said.

Dr. Singh, who spoke on the theme `Water management', called upon organisations such as Rotary clubs to take up activities relating to water conservation and offered to lend a helping hand without expecting any thing in return.

In response, R.I. District 3020 governor M.C. Das said that the Rotary was ready to take up a project to recharge ground water table in Nuzvid town, where it had gone below 500 feet.


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