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Ruzaphema | October 30
“There is no data available but roughly there will be around 5000 springs in Nagaland which is addressing the need of the people of Nagaland,” said Imkonglemba Ao, Agricultural Production Commissioner and Commissioner & Secretary to Government Of Nagaland department of Agriculture, Industries & Commerce. He was addressing the inaugural function of the consultative meeting and training on practice of ground water management under PGWM programme as chief guest.
He said, “If there is no oil people may survive, but without water there will be chaos everywhere.” Stressing on the importance of water associated with spring and rivers Imkonglemba said, “80 % of water in Brahmaputra River is contributed from the rivers of all north-eastern state which caused flood and damage to land and where crores of rupees is spend by the ground water board to protect the damage. If we could contribute in taking care of our rivers and springs, this issue will be addressed.”
Pointing out the lapses in the system he also said, “many officers and department in north eastern states are running to the expert for plan and programs which is may not be applicable to the people and the terrain but only for want of budget which is also the reason where our GDP and our society is not improving,” and opined that, “any development should be sustainable.”
Accepting that the state does not have a statistical data on discharge of ground water per day/ month and year, the chief guest asked the participants especially from Nagaland to give a serious thought so that it is well documented and the issue of water is addressed.
Sharing his assumption the Agricultural Production Commissioner said, “If the entire Middle East is fighting for Oil, if there is water problem it will be a world war. Water plays a very important role even in our cultural life as we offer water when guest comes and is also a good therapy for health as well.”
Expressing his observation he added that migration, expansion of villages /towns, Jhum cycle, mono cropping, double cropping all depend on the availability of water resources. He asked the participant of PHED to take care of quality of water quality, irrigation department to take care of rivers both within the state and across the state and soil and water conservation to take care of springs and ponds, so that water resource do not become a problem in the state.
Harshvardhan S. Dhawan from ARGHYAM and Kaustubh Mahamuni from ACWADAM gave a presentation on Principles of PGWM and critical aspect for ground water management in the Himalayan region. Mhathung Yanthan, CEO-SLNA-IWMP & Director Land Resources welcomed the gathering and Dr Ravi Chopra, founder Director –PSI Dehradun chair the programme.
The programme is organised by the People Science Institute Dehradun and co-founded and collaborated with the Department Of Land Resources Nagaland and funded by the Arghyam Bengaluru at the resource centre of the department of Land Resources Ruzaphema, Dimapur.