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Thiruvananthapuram, Dec. 2

THE Kerala Government is launching a water preservation campaign aimed at educating people on the need to protect water resources and prevent over-exploitation of ground water.

The campaign, which will be kicked off on December 8, willalso focus on ensuring supply of drinking water to all in the State, Mr Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Water Resources Minister, told newspersons here on Friday.

He said as part of the programme, a water literacy committee with the Chief Minister as the Chairman, an advisory committee comprising experts and a State-level implementation committee had been formed. Besides, different action plans spread over six months had been drawn up.

The campaign would also feature holding competitions at school and college levels in a bid to create awareness among the younger generation about the importance of preserving water resources and also keeping them free from pollution.

The Minister said that under the programme, a random pollution test would be conducted among selected open wells in the State and if necessary provide the means to prevent contamination of water.

He asserted that the Government would not allow diversion of the State's river water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu and would oppose the move to include Pampa and Achenkoil rivers in the national river-linking project. For one, these rivers are the lifeline of the central Travancore region of the State, he added.

The Minister noted that linking of rivers might be a good idea as far as the northern parts of the country were concerned. But, it would turn out to be harmful for Kerala.

He pointed out that the State had lost the advantage of several rivers such as Mullaperiyar and those forming part of the Parambikulam-Aliyar project due to inter-State agreements signed in the past.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated December 3, 2005)
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