CM to attend NWRC meeting tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will attend the National Water Resources Council (NWRC) meeting which is likely to adopt the draft, National Water Policy 2012, in New Delhi tomorrow.
Naveen will raise the issue of Polavaram and Lower Suktel Irrigation Project in Bolangir before the council. The chief minister is likely to put forth Odisha’s demand to increase the duration of the construction period of the state-based irrigation projects including Lower Suktel. Apart from this, the CM will keep his statement over the injustice meted out to Odisha regarding Polavaram.
Reliable sources said the state will also demand formation of a special task force to strengthen the drainage system in the state and to conserve flood water for future use. Similarly, the CM is likely to put stress on special fund allocation to recover age-old big water bodies in the state.
Notably, some of the provisions of National Water Policy including proposal to evolve a broad over-arching national legal framework of general principles on water have been objected by several states including Kerala and Haryana after the council’s earlier meeting held about a decade ago. The council which is chaired by the Prime Minister has all the chief ministers as it members.