Kerala becomes the first state to adopt "Water Budget"
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Kerala has adopted a water budget, the first of its kind in the country, to deal with the problem of water scarcity in summer.
An Overview of the news
Despite the abundance of rivers, streams, backwaters and rainfall, many parts of Kerala face severe water scarcity during summer.
The water budget will help the state to ascertain the demand and supply of water resources and apportion it accordingly.
The first phase of the water budget covers 94 gram panchayats in 15 block panchayats, and the details were unveiled by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Volunteers, resource persons and technical committee members have considered all water sources in each panchayat, including rainfall, wetlands, canals and other water bodies, and also calculated the demand from humans and animals, agriculture and industries.
The water budget will be prepared by a committee of various experts along with officials from the Center for Water Resources Development and Management and the State Water Resources Department.
Rehabilitation of the irrigation network is also underway in the Western Ghats, with about 7,290 km of irrigation network already rejuvenated under Phase I and II of the project.
Capital - Thiruvananthapuram
Official Bird - Great Hornbill
Governor - Arif Mohammad Khan
Chief Minister - Pinarayi Vijayan
India's longest lake - Vembanad, Kerala
Origin of rivers in Kerala
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