Hyderabad: National conference on ‘Rejuvenation of Krishna River’ has concluded that the river was ‘dying’ and urgent action was required to save the river that is a vital lifeline for Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Director of the Water and Land Management Institute (Walmi), based in Dharwad, Karnataka, Dr Rajendra S Poddar warned that Krishna river was suffering from ‘basin closure’, which essentially means increasing scarcity of water in the river and rising frequency of crises. Many of these crises result from over-committing water resources resulting in requirement of increasingly complex water management practices.
“Krishna river,” he warned on Tuesday, “is dying. Sustainable development is the only way forward.”
Rajendra Singh, the pioneering water conservationist from Rajasthan popularly known as the ‘Waterman of India’, called for forming five groups of people who will lead the Krishna river rejuvenation efforts. He called for forming an ‘elected representatives’, ‘academia’, ‘civil society’, diagnostic’, and ‘treatment’ groups. He then challenged Telangana Water Resources Development Corporation chairman V Prakash Rao to “start the Krishna river family” by nominating five persons to form a core committee that can oversee the formation of these groups in Telangana.
Prakash Rao said Telangana was committed to the river’s revival and many of the steps initiated by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao such as Mission Kakatiya were part of the State’s efforts for improved water management and reducing pressure on the river. He then nominated Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu Rammohan, the Musi Riverfront Development Authority chariman Prem Singh Rathore, the honorary secretary of Institution of Engineers G Rameshwar Rao, special officer of WALAMTARI Shankar Prasad to the core committee. Prakash Rao also said he was including himself in the committee and assured Rajendra Singh that the other committees too would be formed within the next two months.
Mayor Bonthu Rammohan and Prem Singh Rathore were among those who took part in the valedictory session of the conference.