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Govt is likely to come out with a model Bill which will lay down guidelines for states on efficient management of water.With some parts of the country facing acute water crisis, the government is likely to come out soon with a model Bill which will lay down guidelines for states on efficient management of the valuable resource by ensuring its storage.

The Bill is being drafted taking into account opinions of various stakeholders and it is likely to be finalised by May 15, Union Water Resources Secretary Shashi Shekhar said here today.

“Drafting of the legislation is already on and the work is expected to be completed by May 15. This is a framework law. It is not mandatory for states to adhere to it. (Water being a state subject,) states follow their own laws.

“But given the present water crisis, the country needs to follow some common practices to manage water. The Bill will be of help in this regard,” Shekhar said.

Shekhar said if need be, the ministry will consult other Union ministries before circulating the Bill among states.

“It may take a month or so for us to circulate the Bill among states after the draft is finalised,” he said.

Terming the present as “very serious”, Shekhar underscored a need for busting the “myth” among public that there is a “plentiful of water available in the country and that too at free of cost”.

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