The Minister was addressing the participants of the two-day National Workshop on Challenges of Water Development and Management in India and Future Strategies today. Among the priority areas identified during the workshop were:

• Dam safety and rehabilitation.

• Command area development and participatory irrigation management.

• Flood management and erosion control.

• Protection from coastal erosion.

• Revival and restoration of existing water bodies.

• Ground water recharge.

Delegates attending the workshop included Shri VK Duggal, Secretary for the Ministry of Water Resources; Dr Kirit Parikh, member of the Planning Commission; Shri Michael Carter, India Chief of the World Bank and representatives from various state governments.