No response from Irrigation Department on Gomti River Front Development Report seeking DPR and EIA after more than 1.5 months
The Main functions of Irrigation Department, in short, is to deal with:
Utilisation of water resources of state for the propose of irrigation by mean of Canals tube wells, dams, bundhies etc.
Utilisation of water resources of state for Power Development.
Flood control in river, improvement of damage, removal of water logging and training of rivers for protection of towns.
Assessment of Irrigation revenue and collection of miscellaneous revenue occurring from Canals.
In 1954 Building and Roads branch was named as P.W.D and Irrigation Deptt.
Technical Audit Cell for Irrigation at Secretariat was setup in Sep. 1964
State Water Policy and its objectives
The state is endowed with bountiful water resources which were considered abundant but because of increasing demand for various purposes namely irrigation, drinking and domestic, power (thermal and hydro), industrial and other uses, its scarcity is becoming apparent which shall get more pronounced with increasing population. Water is a prime natural resource, a basic human need and a precious asset. Planning and development of water resources of the state need to be governed by the development perceptions of the state.
Water for drinking and domestic use has the highest priority while allocating the water resource of the state. The state has to provide adequate drinking water facilities (both for people and livestock) to the entire population in both urban and rural areas. Sanitation facilities for entire population in urban areas and most of the rural areas should also be provided.
Hence from water allocation priorities and other specific needs, the need for a "State Water Policy" for Uttar Pradesh arised. Its objectives are:
a. Ensure preservation of the scarce water resources and to optimise the utilization of the available resources.
b. Bring about qualitative improvement in water resource management which should include user's participation and decentralization of authority.
c. Maintain water quality, both surface and underground, to established norms and standards.
d. Promote formulation of projects as far as and whenever possible on the concept of basin or sub-basin, treating both surface and the ground water as a unitary resource, ensuring multipurpose use of the water resource. This would inter alia consist of the following main uses:
i. Provide adequate water for drinking and domestic use.
ii. Providing water for irrigation.
iii. Maximize hydro power generation with in the constraints imposed by other users.
iv. Provide water for industries including Agro industries.
v. Provide water for navigation, recreation, health and for other uses.
e. Ensure ecological and environmental balance while developing water resources.
f. Promote equity and social justice among individuals and groups of users in water resource allocation and management.
g. Ensure self-sustainability in water resource development.
h. Ensure Flood Management and drainage as integral part of water resource development.
i. Provide a substantive legal framework for management.
j. Provide a Management Information System (M.I.S.) for effective monitoring of policy implementation.
k. Promote research and training facilities in the water resource sector.
l. Provide mechanism for the resolution of conflicts between various users.
We tried to contact executive engineer of Irrigation Department Lucknow officially seeking the DPR(detailed Project Report) and EIA(Enviroment Impact Assessment) of Gomti River Front Project to continue our research. But we didn't receive any response. We will keep downgrading every month till a response is received.