Kohima | February 28
As the demand for water in all sectors is pressing beyond available surface water, the pace of development of ground water in the state is emerging very fast for sustenance.
This was stated in the Annual Administrative Report 2018-19 of the Department of Geology & Mining laid on the floor of the House by minister for geology & mining Kashiho Sangtam on February 25.
The report stated that ground water resources has assumed critical importance and is going to be the main catalyst for all round development in the state.
In order to monitor and regulate the haphazard development of ground water in the state, Ground water policy and Rules under State Water Policy is under formulation by the department, the report stated.
Being designated as nodal department for groundwater exploration and development in the state, the geology and mining department has carried out the ground water exploration and development through construction of a few tube wells in all district headquarters.
The report stated that the department has now established the availability of ground water resources in hilly areas of the state and has enhanced the availability of water resources in the state.
The report maintained that groundwater plays an important role in the socio-economic development of any nation.
The key issue for sustainable development of groundwater resources is its scientific management.
The sustainable and effective management of groundwater requires proper assessment of the available resources and understanding the changes in groundwater system as well as it interconnection with surface water.