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Addressing water shortages in Meghalaya
Meghalaya is to frame a comprehensive water policy to address the serious issue of groundwater table depletion and to ensure sustainable resource management in the state.

Shillong: The Meghalaya government has proposed framing of a water policy to tackle the depleting groundwater table in the state on Friday.

Chief minister Mukul Sangma, who termed the matter as a "serious concern", told the assembly that a comprehensive water policy would be framed to conserve this important natural resource.

"Depletion of groundwater table is a serious concern and it needs to be addressed seriously for sustainability of our water resources," he said. Noting that Meghalaya holds the record of receiving the heaviest rainfall in the world (Sohra), he said several places in the state are still facing acute water shortages. In fact, Sohra or Cherrapunjee has the dubious distinction of being dubbed the "wettest desert on earth" due to acute drinking water shortages in the winters as water harvesting methods are least practised there.

 

Source: Times of India