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Silt affecting quality of dams: Bharti

Uma Bharti

Pune : Union minister Uma Bharti today said a majority of dams in the country were facing the issue of silt, thus affecting the capacity of these reservoirs.

Bharti, who was here to attend the centenary celebration of Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS), also went to Khadakwasla dam to review the de-silting initiative started by city-based NGO Green Thumb, run by Col (retd) Suresh Patil.

She said majority of dams in the country were facing the issue of silt and it has been affecting the capacity of these reservoirs.

Lauding the efforts of the NGO, the Union Minister for Water Resources said the society should take such initiatives to bring about change.

“As far as dams are concerned, the Central government wants to do something. However, till the time we do not get the proposal from the state government, the government cannot do anything,” she said.

As for the states, the issue they are facing is in which scheme they should give funding to these programmes, she said.

Bharti further rued that if the government goes out of the way and helps in this regard, many may come up with RTIs.

“So now there is one thing that the state government should do. They should make proposals of such projects and the Centre should examine them and if there are merits, they should be funded,” she said.

The minister added that people should come forward and take such initiatives of de-silting of dams without fear of RTI or CVC.

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