Prioritize WRD projects: Wahge | Ligu: 14% water potential of Arunachal utilised now

ITANAGAR, July 10: Water Resources Department Minister Biyuram Wahge, in his presidential address to the coordination meeting held here on Wednesday to review ongoing state and central schemes, stressed on prioritizing projects having significant benefit for the state.

He urged the department to focus resources on initiatives for meaningful that contribution to overall development and welfare of the people. He also advocated transparency in communicating various efforts to the public and instructed officers to justify additional fund requests. He also asked for timely handling of employee grievances and retirement processes to boost their morale.

WRD minister’s advisor Hayeng Mangfi urged officials to be proactive and forward-thinking to focus on contributions that benefit future generations.

Only 14% of state’s water potential is being utilized now, said WRD secretary Pige Ligu and called for proactive efforts by engineers, regular workshops and training sessions on newer technologies.

WRD CE, in his address earlier, gave a comprehensive overview of the ongoing projects, enlisting strategic importance, pressing issues, like  fund shortage hinder timely completion of vital schemes and initiation of new projects.

He sought funds to maintain completed projects and rejuvenate drinking and irrigation water sources, highlighted issues of water conservation and springshed management. He advocated early enactment of ‘State Flood Plain Zoning Act’.

SE (coordination) stressed on increased manpower to reduce workload as many divisions are currently managed with contingency staff.

The coordination meeting, served as a platform for constructive dialogue and collaboration aimed at overcoming challenges and maximizing the impact of water resource management, concluded with a commitment by all to streamline efforts for achieving the WRD goals. The meeting begun after tree plantation as a commitment to enrich environment and sustainable development, according to an official release.

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