Arunachal Pradesh Protection of Drinking Water Catchment Areas Bill, 2023
The Arunachal Pradesh Assembly recently passed three bills via voice vote, one of which is the Arunachal Pradesh Protection of Drinking Water Catchment Areas Bill, 2023. The bill was tabled by Public Health Engineering and Water Supply Minister with the aim of preserving drinking water sources and making provisions for the same.
The Importance of Protecting Drinking Water Catchment Areas
Drinking water catchment areas are essential for preserving the quality and quantity of drinking water sources. These areas are susceptible to contamination due to human activities such as deforestation, mining, and agricultural practices. Protecting these areas ensures that the water sources remain clean and safe for consumption, which is crucial for the health of the population.
Objectives of the Bill
The Arunachal Pradesh Protection of Drinking Water Catchment Areas Bill, 2023 aims to activate community participation in governance, thus empowering individuals at the lowest level. The bill seeks to create a framework that enables people to protect their drinking water sources by empowering them to participate in the decision-making process. This will ensure that the people living in these areas are well-informed and engaged in protecting their water sources.
Provisions of the Bill
The bill outlines several provisions to protect drinking water catchment areas, including regulating land use activities, prohibiting construction activities, and promoting afforestation. It also requires the development of an action plan for the protection of drinking water sources and the establishment of a monitoring system to ensure compliance with the provisions of the bill. The bill also proposes penalties for those who violate the provisions, which includes imprisonment or a fine, or both.
Impact of the Bill
The passing of the Arunachal Pradesh Protection of Drinking Water Catchment Areas Bill, 2023 is a significant step towards safeguarding the drinking water sources in the state. It will help to create awareness among the people about the importance of protecting drinking water catchment areas and the adverse effects of contaminating these areas. The bill’s emphasis on community participation will ensure that the people living in these areas become active participants in the decision-making process, which is essential for effective implementation.
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