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Sufficient water in J&K, efficient water governance needed: Prof Shakeel Romshoo Water Governance

Sufficient water in J&K, efficient water governance needed: Prof Shakeel Romshoo

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 21 Sep 2021, 11:58 am

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir will have no water problem till 2060 but we need to work on making water governance efficient, said Prof Shakeel Romshoo, Vice-Chancellor of Islamic University of Science and Technology.

“There are more than 15,000 glaciers across J&K and Ladakh and where we live, this place is also known as part of the water tower of Asia. The per capita water availability in both the UTs is highest in south Asia and we will not have any water problems till 2060.

"Beyond that, it will also be manageable but we need to work to make water governance more efficient,” Romshoo said.

He said the glacier waters from this region provide for 85 per cent of the irrigated waters of Pakistan.

“There is sufficient water in J&K and Ladakh but we often hear that people don’t get round-the-clock water supply in many parts, especially in towns and cities,” said Romshoo.

Romshoo said the problem of water shortage being faced by people is not one related to the water supply. 

Commenting on environmental degradation, Romshoo said: “We have clear evidence and impacts of the environment being degraded. This is impacting the livelihoods of people. Be it water bodies, air quality or flooding, all these are interlinked and interconnected and have a direct impact on people’s livelihood. 

"We have treated the ecosystem with callousness but now need to manage it scientifically to restore water bodies and improve air quality.” 

Among others who spoke at the event includes Mian Javed, Environmentalist,  Chief Executive Director, Wular Conservation & Management Authority and  Mushtaq Pahalgami who is an activist.