CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu has topped the Union ministry of Jal Shakti’s National Water Awards 2019 in the ‘best state category’, the state government said on Saturday.
“The award will be presented during the second National Water Awards 2019 distribution ceremony scheduled on November 11 and 12 through a virtual platform,” a senior government official said.
The ministry confers the award based on various parameters, including implementation of irrigation water supply schemes such as check dams, performance under micro irrigation, increase in irrigation coverage, performance in roof top rain water harvesting and status of implementation of water accounting and auditing.
It also takes into consideration the total number of water bodies created, reuse of waste water from farms/industry/sewage, management and utilisation of data/IT technology in water conservation and irrigation.
Maharashtra and Rajasthan bagged second and third prizes respectively in the best state (normal) category. Mizoram topped the best state (special) category.
Vellore and Karur districts bagged the first and second prizes respectively under the best district for revival of river category. Perambalur district won the second prize under water conservation category.
The Madurai Municipal Corporation bagged the second prize in the best urban local body category. Interestingly, Madurai district received the first prize last year for rejuvenating and creating new water bodies.
Kovai Kulangal Pathukappu Amaippu, Coimbatore, and Sakthinathan Ganapathy Pandian of Anna University bagged first and second prizes respectively under water warriors category.