Taking a lesson from recent drought in the country, the Haryana Government has decided to take steps for water conservation and has formulated a state integrated action plan to take water conservation measures. These measures include, desilting of water bodies, lining of canals, construction of ponds and reservoirs and planting saplings.
Haryana Chief Secretary, D.S.Dhesi informed this in Chandigarh on Tuesday, after presiding over a meeting in this regard, In this meeting, it was decided to take short term, medium term and long term measures for effective implementation of the state integrated action plan for water conservation.
The Chief Secretary directed the Departments of Irrigation, Agriculture, Development and Panchayats as well as Public Health and Engineering to implement the action plan effectively.
It was decided that the short term measures would include a six-week plan to de-silt 170 water bodies and restore them. These water bodies included tanks, farm ponds and community ponds. Also, 194 new farm ponds, community ponds, tanks and reservoirs would be constructed. It was also decided to construct 175 ground water recharge structures and 56 rainwater harvesting structures, on roof tops to conserve water.
Apart from this, lining of canals and improvement of water channels in a length of 598 kilometers would be carried out besides constructing 51 check dams. Also, saplings would be planted over an area of six hectares. It was also decided that these departments would take 154 other conservation measures during this period.
It was informed that as a part of the medium term measures, the Irrigation Department had prepared a micro irrigation project costing Rs 25 crore to lift water with solar pumps for irrigation purposes in 13 districts. Also, as a long term measure, a project under Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Program involving an investment of Rs 29 crore has been sent to the Central Government for its approval.