03-02-2018 09:00 AM | Shilpika Bajpai | My Indian Dream
Centre prepares a 6,000 crore plan to recharge groundwater.
With the rising scarcity of water resources in India, every city is doing its bit to safeguard the resources. The government has finalised a plan of Rs 6,000-crore scheme to tackle the country's depleting groundwater level.Called the Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABY) and controlled by the Union water resources ministry, the scheme now needs the cabinet's clearance.
This scheme will be launched in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, covering 78 districts, 193 blocks and more than 8,300-gram panchayatsHalf of the Rs 6,000 crore planned for the scheme will come from government budgetary support and the World Bank will give another Rs 3,000 crore.
"The duration of the Atal Bhujal Yojana will be five years. We will soon go to the expenditure finance committee for approval, after which we will move for the cabinet nod," said Akhil Kumar, the joint secretary in charge of groundwater in the water ministry.
Let's hope this programme gets a final approval and the government starts using the groundwater in a more beneficial way than letting it go to the drains,