ROQUE DIAS | NT
The state government will conduct a census on water bodies to gauge their condition, some of which are acutely polluted.
Director of planning, statistics and evaluation and minor irrigation census commissioner Dr Y Durga Prasad, who has issued a circular on January 11 to this effect, said the census has been aimed at finding out the actual situation of the water bodies including the water utilisation.
It is understood that for the first time such a census on the state water bodies will be conducted.
The government will also hold the 6th minor irrigation census along with the water body census, he explained.
Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, Dr Prasad said, “The census on water bodies has been planned in several states. The central government will train a team of officials who will be dispatched for gathering data on water bodies. Panchayat secretaries will also be engaged, and a nodal official will be appointed to monitor the teamwork.”
The directorate of planning, statistics and evaluation will purchase 27 smartphones which will be provided to each team member to capture images of the water bodies. The experts appointed by the central government will train the Goa team on how to capture the images.
The circular on water bodies census has said that a meeting has been scheduled for January 17 at the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Bhawan to work out modalities for the smooth conduct of the censuses.
Copies of the circular have been dispatched to all block development officers and district-level officers of the directorate.
“We have set the deadline of March 2019 to complete the census,” he said, adding that the last census on the minor irrigation was conducted in 1991.
It is pertinent to note here that the decision to conduct the census on the water bodies comes amid widespread protests against the nationalisation of Goan rivers.
Moreover the census will be conducted head of the parliamentary elections this year.
Goa‘s major water bodies – rivers, lakes and creeks – are acutely polluted by various contaminants.
It has been claimed by activists that mining rejects also entered the water bodies polluting and silting them.
In Salcete, Sal river is also highly polluted, the activists have rued.