Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that he will approach the Union government with the demand to upgrade the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) at Kunnamangalam in the district to a centre of excellence.
He was inaugurating a seminar on ‘Water security for food security,' organised by the CWRDM on its campus, on Monday.
Mr. Chandy said the State had initiated measures for setting up a river management authority. He urged the scientists at the centre to come up with a comprehensive solution for dealing with the recurring flood and droughts in the State. He said it was ironic that the State faced constant droughts in spite of receiving 3,000 mm of rainfall annually.
Stressing the need to give utmost importance to water management, he said it was time that the State made use of advanced technologies to make the best use of its abundant water resources. He promised government support for the centre's activities to ensure water security in the State.
He said a mobile water-quality checking lab would be made available to the CWRDM. He would consider extending the lab facility to other parts of the State. Mr. Chandy said the proposed postgraduate diploma course in water management would be launched next year.
He said efforts would be made to extend the water-card system introduced by the CWRDM in Kunnamangalam panchayat in Kozhikode to other parts of the State.
The Chief Minister inaugurated a bio-park with a butterfly garden, a garden for medicinal plants, star-trees, and water and desert plants at the centre on the occasion.