Experts at a workshop in Rangpur on Tuesday laid emphasis on creating mass public awareness to ensure proper management and maximum use of surface water for reducing pressure on underground water.
They came up with the observation at a workshop organised by Water Resources Planning Organisation with assistance of DASCOH on Bangladesh Water Rules, 2017 (Draft) for implementation of Bangladesh Water Act, 2013.
Divisional commissioner Kazi Hasan Ahmed attended the workshop as chief guest with additional divisional commissioner Minu Shill in the chair.
Director general of WARPO Khondker Khalequzzaman and joint chief of Ministry of Water Resources Mantu Kumar Biswas addressed as special guests.
Director of WARPO Feroz Alam discussed chronological steps taken since 1999 in formulating Bangladesh Water Act, 2013 and Water Rules (Draft) to ensure better management of water resources for long-term benefits of the people.
Project director of WARPO Rezaul Karim said severe water crisis might occur in future to affect environment and agriculture if unabated lifting of underground water continues.
‘The mass media can play vital role in presenting real water situation to create mass public awareness for proper implementation of Bangladesh Water Act, 2013 and in ensuring better management and use of water resources,’ he said.
Joint chief of Ministry of Water Resources Mantu Kumar Biswas said increased pressure is being created on underground water following human interventions.
‘We have to attain sustainable development goals considering all aspects regarding use and management of water and misuse of the most precious natural resources,’ he said and called upon the media to play due role in reducing pressure on underground water.
Khondker Khalequzzaman put importance on ensuring measures and well-planned use of water and stressed on comprehensive approaches of all stakeholders for smooth implementation of Bangladesh Water Act, 2013.
The chief guest laid emphasis on becoming more careful in using water to reduce future risks as the underground water level is lowering at an alarming rate in recent decades.
‘All stakeholders and mass media should work with utmost sincerity to enhance public awareness on water issues and inspire the common people in abiding by Bangladesh Water Act, 2013 to enrich our surface water resources,’ he said.
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