APJ Abdul Kalam says water key to economic development in Bihar

Written by PTI | Patna | Updated: Sep 30 2013, 05:01am hrs
KalamAPJ Abdul Kalam called for harnessing available water and its proper management for the economic development of Bihar. (Reuters)
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam today called for harnessing available water and its proper management for the economic development of Bihar.

"We have to harness the available water and manage it properly for irrigation so that the state becomes a granary of India," Abdul Kalam told students of the National Institute of Technology at its third convocation here.

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The water resources could also be used for electricity and inland water transport, Abdul Kalam said.

Flood water of rivers like Ganga and Koshi could be conserved through innovative technology and proper flood control management for its use later for various purposes, Abdul Kalam said.

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The rivers coming from the North-East could be included in the Inter-Linking of Rivers programme, Abdul Kalam said and added that the flood water could also be managed by recovering all water bodies from encroachments using satellite maps.

The former President Abdul Kalam laid stress on construction of 500-km long waterways by connecting the whole state with canals for development of transportation. The inland waterways transportation system would reduce congestion on the roads and improve environmental conditions.

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The creation of such waterways would act as additional reservoirs, he said and emphasised on the need to build intermediate dams in rivers.

Construction of intermediate dams would provide irrigation facility for over five million acres' farmland and additionally generate 5000 MW energy and provide employment to nine million people, Abdul Kalam said.

Abdul Kalam appealed to geologists, cartographers, civil engineers, structural specialists, hydraulic engineers and environmentalists to work together to usher in transformation over the next one decade.