NEW DELHI: The Centre will set up an exclusive water management authority for north-east India – North Eastern Water Management Authority (NEWMA) – which will be the apex body for developing all water and river-based projects in the region, and take care of conservation aspects of this natural resources.
The Union water resources (Jal Shakti) ministry is expected to bring a Bill in this regard in the ongoing budget session of the Parliament. A draft of this proposed legislation is currently being prepared with consultation of a committee comprising of chief ministers of all eight north-eastern states.
The Authority, once set up after passing of the proposed legislation in Parliament, will be involved in implementation and monitoring of all projects related to hydro-power, bio-diversity conservation, irrigation, flood control, inland waterways, forestry, fishery and eco-tourism in all north-eastern states — Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
The Authority will be set up in the backdrop of Chinas ambitious second phase of south-north water diversion scheme which aims to traRead More – Source