Bengal needs a water policy, now!

Asit K. Biswas

NEW GLOBAL INDIAN
July 2012, Volume 2, Issue 11, Pages 6-7

Water development in West Bengal, thanks to over half a century of neglect and poor policy measures, is on an unsustainable and undesirable path. If the current practices and trends continue, in about a decade the state will face a serious crisis —both in terms of water quality and quantity— the magnitudes and extents of which no other earlier general on ever had to face. Sadly all three levels of governments in West Bengal —central, state and municipal— have grossly neglected water management for decades. The citizens of the state are now already paying the price of this gross mismanagement, and if this persists, they will continue to pay increasingly higher social, economic and environmental costs in the future. Regrettably, the overall water management in India is not very different to that of West Bengal.

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