Union Government formed Mihir Shah Committee on restructuring water agencies
The Union Ministry of Water Resources constituted a seven-member committee to advise it on restructuring the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB). The expert committee will be headed by former Planning Commission member Mihir Shah.
The committee was mandated to suggest ways for optimal development of water resources in the country. In doing so, the committee will undertake elaborate mapping exercise as part of river basin planning that will include mapping and characterizing of aquifiers. Further, it will also work on water resource planning, augmenting and budgeting in an integrated manner.
The formation of the committee assumes significance as most Indian rivers found to be polluted and it is high time the rejuvenation of rivers takes place. The committee was mandated to submit its report in three months.