Meghalaya State Water Policy 2019

Sep 05, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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The State Government of Meghalaya on August 29, 2019, has published the Meghalaya State Water Policy 2019 with the objective to achieve sustainable development, management and use of water resources with community participation to improve health and livelihood, reduce vulnerability, while assuring good governance for the present and future generations by promoting Integrated Water Resources Management.              

The Specific objectives of the policy are as follows:

(i)                  Recognize water resources as a common pool resource;

(ii)                Provide equitable, sustainable, economical and efficient allocation of water as a provision of water for life;

(iii)               Provide safe and hygienic water for drinking, domestic and sanitation and livelihood development to all residents of the State;

(iv)               Ensure protection and conservation of catchments all water sources to prevent degradation of the quantity and quality of water sources and promote principle of 3Rs that is Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.

(v)                Enhance resilience to disasters and the impacts of climate change;

(vi)               Ensure convergence of all water related interventions and activities;

(vii)             Promote latest tools, technologies, dynamic and easily accessible data and information for use by the community and other stakeholders;

(viii)           Promote latest tolls, technologies, dynamic and easily accessible data and information for use by the community and other stakeholders;

(ix)               Setting up of an efficient and effective regulatory framework for the water sector in order to realize the economic value of water.

Priorities for water allocation for various usages will be broadly as follows:

(i)                  Drinking water, sanitation and other domestic needs

(ii)                Minimum ecological needs

(iii)               Irrigation/ Agriculture

(iv)               Hydropower generation

(v)                Economic activities/ Industrial Use/ Fisheries

(vi)               Other usages

This will come into force with immediate effect.

[Notification No. WR(G)84/2011/392]


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