Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024

With Haryana taking vital steps in direction of water conservation and decreasing the hole between availability and demand by its Biennial Water Action Plan, optimistic outcomes have began displaying.

The Biennial Water Action Plan 2023-2025 that set the purpose to preserve 260, 498 crore liters of water by December 2023, has efficiently achieved 95 per cent of its goal by saving 248, 702 crore liters.

This info was shared at a gathering of the Haryana Water Resources Authority chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar right here on Thursday.

At the assembly, the Chief Minister directed officers to prioritise the implementation of groundwater recharging plans in villages the place the groundwater stage is critically low and likewise in areas which noticed waterlogging just lately.

He emphasised the necessity for swift motion to satisfy the focused water financial savings by March this yr.

Khattar mentioned there are areas within the state dealing with waterlogging points though they’ve considerably low groundwater ranges.

“Excessive use of chemical fertilisers is a major cause, leading to the compaction of soil layers and clay formation, hindering water infiltration into the ground. Scientific studies should be conducted to address groundwater recharging in these areas, ” he mentioned.

“Each district should map short-term plans and ensure their effective implementation. Verification mechanisms should be established at the district and block levels, and senior officers should be assigned to ensure accurate data reporting, ” he mentioned.

The Chief Minister additionally directed the officers to determine round 200 villages the place the groundwater stage has fallen beneath 100 metres.

The Agriculture Department ought to encourage farmers in these villages to undertake micro-irrigation strategies, he mentioned.

Khattar directed that feeder ought to be marked in areas the place the groundwater stage has reached as much as 30 metres, and 100 per cent photo voltaic energy-driven pumps ought to be put in for irrigation functions.

At the assembly, Chairperson of the Haryana Water Resources Authority, Keshni Anand Arora, mentioned they’ve developed in-house on-line software program for granting no-objection certificates for extraction of groundwater to business, mining, and infrastructure and industrial entities.

Till date it has granted permission to three, 022 candidates with the situation of making certain water conservation and recharge of groundwater by rainwater harvesting and optimum use of handled wastewater for non-potable use.

It has generated Rs 142.80 crore as tariff and utility payment. She mentioned throughout 2022-23 HWRA has funded Rs 65.01 crore for water conservation initiatives to the Irrigation and Water Resources Department.

She mentioned beneath the biennial water motion plan initiatives embrace direct seeding of rice utilizing the direct seeded rice (DSR) approach in 2, 45, 493 acres, crop diversification in 2, 44, 464 acres, and the development of 26 water reservoirs for floodwater conservation.

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