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Panel formed to restructure water agencies

The Ministry for Water Resources has constituted a seven-member committee led by former Planning Commission member Mihir Shah to restructure the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) to encourage optimal development of water resources in the country.

With most Indian rivers found to be polluted as per a Central Pollution Control Board assessment, the move holds the potential to help revive rivers in a big way.

Mapping

According to a government order dated September 11, the new committee will work on water resource planning, augmenting and budgeting in an integrated manner.

An elaborate mapping exercise will be undertaken as part of river basin planning, which will include mapping and characterising of aquifers. Besides, stocktaking of rainfall flows, rate of groundwater recharge, and exploitation or utilisation of water will also be undertaken.

The committee is expected to submit its report in three months.

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