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Master plan to meet water scarcity

By Our Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD, APRIL 4 . A master plan for drought mitigation is being prepared for the district with the help of the Centre for Water Research Development and Management (CWRDM) and the Kerala Water Authority.

The draft proposal is expected to be ready by April-end. The master plan would be approved by May 15 after discussions at various levels.

The key objective of the plan is to meet the acute water scarcity, especially in the eastern region of the district.

It envisages short-term and long-term measures for drought mitigation, covering the drinking water and irrigation sectors.

The plan is based on the present status and future needs of water for domestic purpose, crops and to ensure water quality.

The master plan would be prepared after a thorough assessment of the water availability and its utilisation in the district.

Water-scarce areas not covered by water supply would be identified under the plan.

The utilisation of available resources and scope for further development would be assessed. The master plan will contain data on water availability, water demand both for population and industrial use, etc.

The short-term measures include steps to meet the summer water requirement, water conservation measures and awareness programmes.

The long-term measures include improving the existing water supply and irrigation systems and control on sand-mining.

The plan proposed afforestation and using of the existing reservoirs for drinking water supply.

The master plan is likely to recommend inter-basin transfers of water, setting up large storages and an integrated river basin management.

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