Jal Shakti Abhiyan: 21 New Ponds To Come Up In Gautam Buddh Nagar

Jal Shakti Abhiyan: 21 New Ponds To Come Up In Gautam Buddh Nagar

Jal Shakti Abhiyan: 21 New Ponds To Come Up In Gautam Buddh Nagar
To fight the acute water crisis that many key cities in India are facing, the Ministry of Jal Shakti, on July 1, 2019, launched a conservation campaign focussing on 1,592 stressed blocks in 256 districts. Called the 'Jal Shakti Abhiyan', the campaign will revolve around five aspects, including water conservation and rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies, reuse of water and recharging of structures, watershed development, and intensive afforestation. The campaign will be based on citizen participation and will be carried out in two phases, one between July and September and the other between October and November. Officers from the central government will be made in-charge of these operations. They will be responsible for coming up with innovative ways, to conserve and preserve water in the district they are assigned.  

Keeping up the momentum, the Gautam Buddh Nagar administration, on July 30, 2019, said it is digging up 21 new ponds under the mission, while the private sector is also contributing in the renovation work on many of the 1,000 ponds present in the district. "At a time when half the country is water stressed, time is apt to run this campaign so that we don't become a country facing water scarcity," Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said.  

With the Jal Shakti Abhiyan campaign, the government aims at providing drinking water to every household on priority and in a sustainable manner. The conservation efforts will be supplemented by initiatives such as developing block and district water conservation plans and krishi vigyan kendra melas to promote efficient water use for irrigation.  

The ministry will also start a large-scale communications campaign that would involve mass mobilisation of different groups, including school students, college students, swachhagrahis, self-help groups, Panchayati Raj Institution members, youth groups, defence personnel, ex-servicemen and pensioners. In urban areas, plans with time-bound targets will be developed for the reusage of wastewater for industrial and agricultural purposes. Plans will be developed for at least one urban water body for groundwater recharge, in the block or the city. 

With inputs from Housing.com News

Last Updated: Wed Jul 31 2019

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