World Water Day observed by RIST & USTM
Mile, Ri Bhoi, 22 March 2018: With “Nature
for Water” as the theme, World Water Day has
been observed today by the Department of Civil
Engineering, Regional Institute of Science &
Technology (RIST) and the Department of Earth
Science, University of Science & Technology (USTM)
by holding experts’ talks, interactive sessions
with students as well as debate competition with
the topic “A National Water Grid will benefit
North East India”.
Addressing the event at RIST, Ms A D Blah,
Superintending Engineer, Water Resource
Department, Meghalaya said that increase in
demand of water means demand for energy. She
spoke on Green Infrastructure which means
restoring forests and grasslands, protection of
flood plains, creating buffers of vegetation
along water courses. She said that Grey
Infrastructures such as dams, canals for
Irrigation and other water harvesting structures
should be constructed to combat the problem of
scarcity of water. A debate competition was also
held on the occasion by RIST.
In another event which was organized today by
the Earth Science Department of USTM in
association with Meghalaya Basin Development
Authority (MBDA), Mr Gautam Chakraborty, OSD of
MBDA delivered a presentation on “Impacts of
Climate Change on Water Resources in Meghalaya”.
The other resource person from MBDA was Mr Nigel
Kharmalki, Senior Officer, Soil and Water
Conservation Department, Government of Meghalaya.
Earlier on the day, the Department of Earth
Science also inaugurated its library as well as
a wall magazine named “Planet Reporter”.