Government is expected to soon come out with a policy on River Sediment Management assured the Chairman of Central Water Commission, Narendra Kumar, during the inauguration of a National seminar on Sediment Management in Indian Rivers today held in New Delhi.
“Over the years, silting of rivers has assumed serious proportions. There is a general feeling that flood-prone rivers are aggrading and undergoing changes in carrying capacity leading to rise in flood level. It is essential to devise a methodology for sediment management which is environment friendly and feasible technically as well as economically,” said Kumar.
He further stated, “A need for formulating a comprehensive policy on sediment management in rivers cannot be overstated on account of its serious implications on flooding, environment, river health and navigation. Government will soon evolve a river sediment management policy.”
The daylong conference was organized by the Ministry of Water Resources in collaboration with River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. Attendees from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Ministry of Urban Development along with professors and experts from many institutions expressed their views.
It was held on four sessions: Sedimentation in Indian Rivers-Status, Challenges and Opportunities, Soil Conservation and Catchment Area Treatment, Sand Mining and Dredging and Framework for Sediment Management Policy, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
Later issuing an official statement, it said, “The purpose of the conference was to comprehensively deliberate issues related to sedimentation of Indian rivers with all the stake-holders to develop an appropriate policy.”