Update: March 26, 2022 6:50 p.m. STI
New Delhi [India]Mar 26 (ANI): A strong regulatory framework is needed to ensure effective water management in India, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Spokesperson Gopal Krishna Agarwal has said.
Addressing a virtual event organized by Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS), Agarwal called for the implementation of the National Water Framework regulations.
Agarwal, co-author of the book “Water, an Element of Life: Price Sensitivity and Consumption by the Marginalized”, said water should be provided as a public good to all sections of society.
Pradeep S Mehta, Secretary General of CUTS, called for an integrated approach to address issues related to water management.
“Local governments play a critical role in water management. But they are not empowered enough. There is a need to strengthen local institutions,” Mehta said.
“As consumers, we have the right to water, but we must exercise that right while simultaneously fulfilling our responsibility to manage and conserve water,” said Bipul Chatterjee, Executive Director of CUTS.
Mathew Cherian, president of CARE India, said traditional knowledge is key to recharging water. “There is great pressure on groundwater across the country and states like Rajasthan may face serious strains in the coming years. Therefore, for better management of water resources, the wisdom of the people and community insights are key,” Cherian said. (ANI)