Times of India | 5 days ago | 22-09-2022 | 09:27 am
GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government has formed a task force for a multi-dimensional assessment of water availability and sustainable use of water from various resources. The general administration department (GAD) passed a resolution to this effect on September 14. The task force will suggest measures to fast track achieving Goal 6 of the sustainable development goals (SDG), 2030, which is ensuring availability and sustainable management of water for all. The task force has also been mandated to suggest region-specific measures for water use and management to achieve sustainability in all sources of water. “The task force will suggest measures to improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, eliminating untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse of water,” the GAD resolution said. The 13-member task force will also suggest measures such as crop diversification and use of technology to increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawal and supply of freshwater to address withdrawal. “It will suggest measures and policy interventions around the water ecosystem to strengthen sustainability,” the resolution said. The body will also recommend a template for the water harvesting plans of each district, depending on scientific basin analysis, current storage capacity and median annual excess run-off to maximize water availability. It will also work out an action plan on how data for water resource management is going to be collected, processed, analyzed, reported, and create time-bound measurable goals. It has also been mandated to develop indicators and monitoring programmes.