Bhopal, April 29: Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti today launched the Centre’s extensive water conservation programme for drought prone areas of the country at Bandri in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh. This programme will be implemented in Bundelkhand, Marathwada, Kalahandi, Bolangir and Koraput.
Speaking on the occasion Uma Bharti said that the programmes aim to increase area of irrigation and protect the water resources. The Minister said this programme will benefit drought prone areas of Bundelkhand region. She said that her Ministry has prepared a master plan for artificial recharge of ground water in Bundelkhand region.
Bharti said her Ministry has taken up new initiatives under National Ground Water Management Improvement Schemes (NGMIS) with an objective to effectively improve ground water conditions in stressed blocks, ensure sustainability of resource both quantitatively and qualitatively, participatory approach in ground water management and institutional strengthening. In Bundelkhand region of UP, six districts covering an area of 11851 sq km has been considered under this initiative.
Minister said in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, aquifer mapping for 14,350 sq km has already been completed in the districts of Lalitpur (5058), Jhansi (5077) and Hamirpur (4500). Similarly in Bundelkhand region of MP, aquifer mapping of 22104 sq. km covering the districts of Chhattarpur (7594), Sagar (9270) and Tikamgarh (4880) has been completed. This would be utilized in preparation of sustainable ground water management plan of these areas.
The Minister informed that under fast track implementation of water conservation schemes in Bundelkhand of region of MP 100 new water bodies with estimated cost of about Rs. 100 crores with tentative potential creation of 5000 ha would be taken up. Similarly, 60 new water bodies/bandis with estimated cost of about Rs. 70 crores with tentative potential creation/restoration of 2000 ha would be taken up in Bundelkhand region of UP.
Similar programme for Marathwada region of Maharashtra is also being launched. Seven schemes with target to bridge 53365 ha gap between IPC and IPU are being proposed. The scheme will benefit Aurangabad, Latur, Nanded, Prabhani, Nanded, Solapur and Osmanabad districts and involve an expenditure of Rs. 250 crore, Uma Bharati said.
An area of 3727 sq.km in Marathwada is proposed to be covered under National Ground Water Management Improvement Schemes involving expenditure approximate of Rs. 380 crore. Aquifer mapping of 9101 sq. km. of area in Marathwada has been completed. Management Plan of 7775 sq. km has been submitted to Maharashtra government. Under Fast track implementation of water conservation schemes 50 new water bodies with estimated cost of about Rs. 60 crores with tentative potential creation of 5000 ha would be taken up, she added.