To prevent wastage of water, water conservation committees will be formed in the rural area of all the four blocks (Farrukhnagar, Pataudi, Sohna and Gurugram) of the Gurugram district. In these, 30 percent of women’s participation will be ensured.
For this initiative, Superintending Engineer, Irrigation and Water Resources Department, Gurugram, Dr Shiv Singh Rawat held a review meeting on Wednesday at the district level with the concerned officials about the Atal Bhujal Yojana, a joint program of the Central Government, the World Bank and the State Government.
Dr Rawat said that Jaipur Seva Foundation has been made District Implementation Partner (DIP) who will visit village to village in collaboration with ground water experts to strengthen the institutional framework of ground water management, capacity building and awareness dialogue campaign through public participation.
He said that the initiative will help to collect the data of water sources like wells, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, water budget and water security plans have to be prepared at the village level.
“People will have to be made aware of the objectives and benefits of the scheme by visiting the 163 identified villages of Gurugram district,” Dr Rawat said.
Dr Rawat told that ‘Atal Bhujal Yojana, supported by the Central Government and the World Bank and implemented by the Government of Haryana, is such a participatory groundwater management scheme, which is related to groundwater and other government schemes related to agriculture such as ‘Jalshakti Abhiyan, Mera Pani - Meri Virasat, Jal Jeevan Mission,’ Micro irrigation system will also establish coordination between MNREGA and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana.
“The main objective of the scheme is to ensure potable clean water to every person, farmers in rural areas to store sufficient amount of water for agriculture, rain water harvesting, conservation and prevention of depleting water level,” he said.
Rawat informed that Haryana has been divided into nine clusters to fulfil these objectives. Gurugram has been placed in the fifth cluster.
Rawat instructed the officers that children of Nehru Yuva Kendra, Anganwadi, Asha worker, school, college should be included in the program for awareness so that the awareness campaign can be accelerated. The issues and challenges related to the declining groundwater level and its quality were also discussed in the meeting.