Prioritize projects that hold significant benefit for State: Minister Wahge to WRD

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: Water Resources Minister Biyuram Wahge while underscoring the importance of prioritizing projects that hold significant benefit for the state has urged the department to “focus resources on initiatives that contribute meaningfully to the overall development and welfare of the citizens”.

Presiding over the first coordination cum review meeting of the department regarding various ongoing schemes under the State and Central Governments, he stressed the need for transparency in communicating departmental efforts to the public and instructed officers to justify additional fund requests rigorously. He also emphasized on timely handling of employees’ grievances to boost their morale.

Advisor to WRD Minister, Hayeng Mangfi urged officials to be proactive and forward-thinking, focusing on contributions that benefit future generations.

WRD Secretary Pige Ligu mentioned that only 14% of the state’s potential is currently being utilized. He emphasized the need for proactive efforts from engineers, including regular workshops and training sessions, on newer technologies.

The Superintending Engineer (Co-ord) stressed the need for increased manpower to reduce workload, noting that many divisions are currently managed with contingency staff.

Earlier, the Chief Engineer of the department presented a comprehensive overview of the ongoing projects, highlighting their strategic importance for the region. He also emphasized the pressing issue of fund shortages that currently hinder the timely completion of these vital schemes and the initiation of new projects.

He emphasized the need for funds to maintain completed projects and to rejuvenate drinking and irrigation water sources. Additionally, he highlighted points on water conservation and springshed management, and informed that the “State Flood Plain Zoning Act” to be enacted at the earliest in the State once it’s approved by the Cabinet.

The coordination meeting concluded with a commitment from all parties to streamline efforts towards achieving the department’s goals effectively. It served as a platform for constructive dialogue and collaboration aimed at overcoming challenges and maximizing the impact of water resource management initiatives across the state.

Earlier, the meeting commenced with a symbolic tree planting ceremony, underscoring the department’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development.