|‘Groundwater with high fluoride, arsenic contents harmful to humans’|
GUWAHATI, Feb 25 - Dr Arunabha Majumdar, Professor Emeritus, School of Water Resource Engineering, Jadabpur University, has cautioned the people about using groundwater without ascertaining the quantum of fluoride and arsenic present in it. Presence of fluoride and arsenic in groundwater beyond the permissible limit is highly detrimental to human health, he warned.
Dr Majumdar, also a former director-professor of the All India Institute of Public Health, was delivering the thematic address on conservation and utilisation of water with emphasis on the NE region at a symposium organised by the Senior Engineers’ Forum-Guwahati (NE Region) here as the chief guest on February 20, said a press release issued today.
Dr Majumdar also spoke on the various methods of water conservation.
Delivering the keynote address, Prof Arup Kumar Sarma of the IIT Guwahati, spoke on the ecological management practices. The concept on ecological management practices is propagated by Prof Sarma and his team of academicians.
Dr Arnab Sarma, head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Global Engineering College Guwahati, spoke on a case study he had done in Kokrajhar district. Prakriti Chakravorty, former Chief Engineer, PHED, spoke on the Prime Minister’s Jal Shakti Abhiyan which has envisaged supply of drinking water to all people of the country by 2024.
The forum honoured and felicitated nine elderly and eminent engineers of the region. They included Dulal Chandra Barma, Madhab Chandra Das, Debol Phukan, Anil Kumar Baruah, Dhireswar Sarma, Subhash Chandra Goswami, Keshab Lal Das, Pitambar Neog and KG Deb Krori.
Earlier, welcoming the guests and audience, chairman of the forum’s technical committee KG Deb Krori maintained that though the high intensity of rainfall in the NE region gives an impression that it is water surplus, in fact, its hill areas try to meet their water requirements by conserving and harvesting rainwater.
The function was presided over by forum president Babul Chakravorty. Paramesh Deb Choudhury offered the vote of thanks, the release added.