(Photo by Lelen Vaiphei/ IFP: Water resources in the Northeast: A glimpse of Loktak Lake in Manipur)
IFP Bureau | IMPHAL
Scientific approach is needed for successful implementation of projects in Northeast India and proper utilisation of water resources in the region can transform the entire North-eastern region and boost its economy, Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said in a release.
“The Brahmaputra Board has to work with scientific approach for successful implementation of projects in the region. If the issues of water resources in the region are utilised properly then it can play a vital role in transformation in the life of people and the economy of the entire North Eastern region,” Shekhawat said in a PIB release.
The union minister was speaking at the tenth meeting of High Powered Review Board of Brahmaputra Board held at Guwahati on Saturday.
The Jal Shakti minister also said in his speech that “the Brahmaputra Board requires to be strengthened to be able to meet the needs and challenges of the North Eastern states.”
Mentioning that Brahmaputra and Barak valley is high priority areas for the Jal Shakti Ministry, Shekhawat urged the officials to work like facilitator. He hoped that Brahmaputra Board will “turn the challenges like flood and erosion into opportunities for economic growth with cooperation of all the stakeholders.”
Rattan Lal Kataria, Minister of State for Jal Shakti, also spoke on the occasion and said in his address that with full support of the central government, the state governments of the region are implementing various projects related to water resources.
“In the review meeting all the undergoing schemes and projects will be reviewed and the main focus would be to complete the projects on time so that the North Eastern states get benefits from those,” Kataria added.
The meeting was also attended by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya, and other ministers of North-eastern states along with chief secretaries of the region.
Speaking in the board meeting, UP Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resource and River Development, emphasised on completing all long pending projects with timely release of funds.
Among others, chief engineers of Water Resource Departments of North Eastern states also took part in the Brahmaputra Board meeting.