Staff Reporter

`Water resource management policy soon'

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Water Authority (KWA) will take stringent action to check drinking water trade by private agencies, Water Resources Minister N. K. Premachandran has said. Participating in a meet-the-press programme of the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club on Thursday, Mr. Premachandran said the KWA would effectively intervene to end such illicit practices and ensure drinking water supply. Firm action would be taken on specific complaints of drinking water sale by private agencies. Steps would be taken against complaints on illegal water connections and improper billing too.

The Minister said a water resource management policy was on the anvil. The Government would frame legislation to conserve water resources including rivers and ponds. Rainwater harvesting and similar measures would also be brought into the ambit of the legislation. Special focus would be given for creating public awareness on water conservation. The new conservation policy would be ironed out after deliberating at the LDF meeting.

He said there were complaints about delay in completing the projects taken by the KWA. The Government would try to complete the drinking water projects in a time-bound manner by overcoming the administrative lapses. He said the functioning of the water resources department would be made more transparent to avoid complaints about its functioning. The JBIC-aided drinking water project would be implemented in a tran sparent manner. Inter-State water disputes would be settled giving maximum importance to the interests of the State, he added.