December 20, 2013
West Bengal government to install early warning system in flood prone districts
In an attempt to reduce loss and damage caused by floods, the West Bengal government will soon install “early warning system” in all floods-prone districts including Darjeeling, Malda, Murshidabad, Hooghly, East and West Midnapore. This was disclosed by Rajib Banerjee, Minister for Irrigation & Waterways, West Bengal, at the Inaugural Session of the two-day Water Exposition 2013 organised by CII Eastern Region in Kolkata.
According to the Minister, this World Bank-funded project is awaiting clearance from the Central Water Commission (CWC). `The World Bank is okay with it. All we are waiting for is green light from CWC,` said Mr. Banerjee.
The Minister also held a meeting along with senior officials of the department with Ashwin Pandiya, Chairman, Central Water Commission, to discuss “some pending subjects” including some upcoming water storage structures.
The Irrigation & Waterways Minister said that the State Government is taking proactive steps to make sure measures to distribute water for irrigation rationally. `We hope to get good results when harvesting happens some time later,` he added.