Law to protect water sources

BANGALORE Dec. 7. The State Government is planning to introduce legislation for the protection and maintenance of groundwater sources. The Minister of State for Rural Water Supply, K.B. Koliwad (in picture), told presspersons here today that an attempt made in this regard in 1988 had to be abandoned due to certain clarifications, which were sought. Now that the Government had suitably changed certain provisions, efforts would be made to introduce the Bill at the earliest. Mr. Koliwad said the State Government would take all steps to implement "Swajala Dhara", a novel scheme to provide drinking water in rural areas. The scheme would be inaugurated in New Delhi on December 21. He said the new scheme envisaged the participation of the local community. Ten per cent of the project cost (for bringing water from the source to the locality) should be met by local bodies such as the gram panchayats and zilla panchayats. In areas where Scheduled Castes or Tribes formed a majority of the population, the local bodies would have to meet five per cent of the cost.

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