The Planning Commission has decided to set up a 15-member group for addressing the problem of waterlogging in Punjab. PC member (water resources and rural development) Dr Mihir Shah will head the panel.
Others on the group include PC member Dr A Vaidyanathan, Dr Tushar Shah, senior fellow, International Water Management Institute, Anand (Gujarat), Dr Himanshu Kulkarni of ACWADAM, Pune, Dr Karam, head, department of economics and sociology, Punjab Agricultural University, and Avinash Mishra, joint secretary and adviser, water resources division, Planning Commission, who will be the member secretary.
The expert group, which will recommend ways to solve the problem of waterlogging and spell out the funds required for the exercise, will submit its report to the PC by November 30.
The group will suggest innovative, globally accepted remedial measures suited to local conditions and also study the efficacy of measures like watershed management and crop diversification to overcome the problem.