Training in groundwater resource management held in Nongpoh

Nongpoh: In a bid to create mass awareness on the need to preserve groundwater sources, the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) North Eastern Region under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and National Ground Water Training & Research Institute, Raipur on Thursday organised a one-day training on ‘Local Ground Water Related Issues and Participatory Ground Water Management’ at the Science Hall in Nongpoh.
Ri Bhoi Deputy Commissioner Rosetta Mary Kurbah graced the occasion as the chief guest in presence of V A Hynniewta, BDO, Umling C&RD Block and S H Nadon, Executive Engineer, Water Resources Department.
The programme was also attended by headman from several villages under Umling Block and members of various self help groups.
The training course on aquifer management is a nationwide programme under Tier III training programme for groundwater users and stakeholders of rural areas to make them self-reliant in managing the groundwater resources at the village level. Aquifer mapping will help to prepare, implement and monitor the efficacy of various management interventions aimed at the long-term sustainability of our precious groundwater resources, which, in turn, will help to achieve drinking water security, improve irrigation facilities and sustainability in water resources development in the country as a whole.
Speaking on the occasion, Kurbah lauded the efforts of the CGWB in organising the programme. She urged the participants to take advantage of the training and to clear their doubts with the experts so that they can become master trainers and share their experiences with the villagers they were representing.
Kurbah advised the participants to treat the groundwater well before using them to avoid various harmful chemicals and disease from entering the human body.
CGWB Regional Director, G L Meena in his presidential address, informed that three types of training were conducted in the country which included Tier-I – to impart training to groundwater professionals and semi-professionals which was conducted at Raipur Campus of National Ground Water Research Institute.

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