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Rawat opens water pavilion at Pragati Maidan

Posted on Nov 15, 07:05PM | UNI

Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat inaugurated his Ministry's pavilion at the India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan to showcase the national objective of saving water for the future.

Accompanied by his fellow Lok Sabha MP from Uttarakhand Pradeep Tamta, the Minister presented a five minute live skit last evening highlighting the importance of conservation titled 'Water for Security'.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rawat termed ground water as a reserve storage that should be retained at every cost.

He also stressed upon the need for evolving cost effective as well as innovative ways for saving of ground water and also called for measures to check water pollution across the country.

He said scarcity of water on one hand and increasing population on the other called for the conservation and judicious use of water for food security and water played significant role in increase in food production.

Various organisations under the Ministry of Water Resources -- Central Water Commission (CWC), Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), National Water Development Agency (NWDA), Central Soil and Materials Research Station (CSMRS), National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS), and Public Sector undertakings viz. Water and Power Consultancy Services (I) Ltd (WAPCOS) and National Projects Construction Corporation Ltd (NPCC) -- are exhibiting their models and other displays to showcase their activities and achievements.

The highlight of the pavilion is a large size (18'x 12') working model of Ken-Betwa Link Project, first of the Inter-Linking of rivers project for which tripartite MoU signed by the then Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and Union Minister for Water Resources in the presence of Prime Minister of India in 2005.

Interactive models and other means are being used to spread awareness among visitors via message matching with the themes. The various schemes of MoWR and their achievements are also being displayed in the CWC stall.