Patna: Claiming that central regulation and control of water resources is unconstitutional and detrimental to its growth as well as that of other states, Bihar on Friday opposed the National Water Policy, 2012.
The provision for central regulation and control of water resources is unconstitutional and brazen violation of the federal structure under which water comes under the state's jurisdiction, state Water Resources Department (WRD) Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary said in a statement.
It will also adversely affect development story of Bihar with water being its main natural resource in the event of the Centre seeking to regulate and control the resource, the minister said.
He said Bihar has a strong objection to water being described as national resource and added that if so was the case, then why such resources in other states have not been made made available for use by other states.
Chaudhary was referring to mines and minerals and ports or fisheries available in abundance in many states and said that the centre should chalk out policy or system for collective use of these resources for benefit of those states which were deprived of such resources.
Either the centre should stick to existing policy for regulation and control of water by the states in its jurisdiction or nationalise all resources and develop a system for collective use by all states without any constraints, the WRD minister said.
Chaudhary also drew the centre's attention towards flood problems in Bihar due to overflow of water from Nepal and said that these problems should be taken up for urgent redressal, besides water resources management be developed in the state at the initiative of the central government.
The state government has proposed to construct dams on Koshi, Baghmati and Kamla rivers for water resources management and the centre should help us both financially and taking up the flood problem with Nepal for permanent solution, he said.


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