Gujarat and Rajasthan among top three water efficient states in India

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Gujarat and Rajasthan among top three water efficient states in India

The Ministry of Jal Shakti has released the list of ranking of water efficient states in India, which is topped by Gujarat. Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) has grabbed the second position and Rajasthan has earned the third spot in the ranking. Telangana and Himachal Pradesh are in third and fourth positions. Delhi has obtained the lowest rank.

Gujarat surface water department scored 80.51 out of 100, followed by Damodar Valley Corporation with 68.24 score and Rajasthan with a score of 66.73.

The ranking has also reviewed seven central departments, which has been topped by National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) and Central Water Commission. The Central Pollution Control Board has got the lowest rank.

As per report, the states that have done satisfactory work under the project are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat SW, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra Rajasthan, Telangana and West Bengal surface water (SW).

Naveen Mahajan, Secretary, Rajasthan Water Resources department was quoted by a national daily as, “Rajasthan has set up SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), a computer system for gathering and analysing real time data. We have also set up data centres for digitisation of old records. This has improved our rank. The state has got Rs 128 crore for implementing the project.”

He also addd, “We have called for bids for SCADA on Narmada Canal Project in Sanchore, Jawai Dam at Pali and Mahi Dam at Banswara. The SCADA system will help in controlling and monitoring the gate operation of dams and canals from control room. Eventually it reduces human intervention and minimises operational errors.”

The Ministry of Jal Shakti states that the ranking is part of the mid-term review of the Central and the state government departments dealing with water to achieve the target to provide piped drinking water connection to every household in the next five years. Another aim of the ranking is to have water resources information system (WRIS) for all states to create a real-time integrated National Water Information Center (NWIC).

The ranking has been done under the National Hydrology Project that aims to improve drought and flood management, creating a state specific database on availability, plugging leakages in canals and dams and meteorological forecast on water resources information system.

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