Kendrapara, July 30 (LocalWire): Jal Shakti Abhiyan project was launched in Kendrapara district today to conserve water bodies after the Union government included the district in its project on 1 July.
Sanjay Saran, the joint Secretary of the ministry of textile and the nodal officer of the project discussed with officials here about the project.
Union Water Resources Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat started this project to campaign for water conservation in water-deprived blocks and districts.
The project was stalled for a month in Kendrapara as the model code of conduct of the Election Commission came into effect due to the Patkura Assembly poll.
Jal Shakti Abhiyan is a campaign for water conservation and water security. The campaign will run with the help of people participation.
Under the scheme, authorities will educate people on rainwater harvesting, water conservation, cleaning of water bodies, improvement of groundwater level, checking the ingress of salinity in coastal pockets , reuse of water and recharging of structures, watershed development, intensive afforestation and other means of water conservation.
‘The scheme is also aimed at promoting irrigation efficiency as a mass movement through asset creation,’ said Samarath Verma, district Collector of Kendrapara.
Jal Shakti Abhiyan hopes to inculcate positive changes in people as they will be educated to work towards rain water harvesting, maintenance and upkeep of ponds and village tanks and conservation of water.
These water conservation efforts will also be supplemented with special interventions including the development of block and district water conservation plans, promotion of efficient water use for irrigation and better choice of crops through Krishi Vigyan Kendra.
The district administration will involve students, SHGs, Punchayat Raj institution members, ex-servicemen, social workers and others, Verma elaborated.
Canals are replete with weeds and several people have illegally encroached the canals by building houses.
Farmers are the worst sufferers as they cannot continue irrigation for lack of water.
Apart from agriculture, the areas’ water-based biodiversity, including fisheries resources, are also facing extinction as the canals are drying up for lack of water.
‘We hope under Jal Shakti Abhiyan project, the district administration will clear the weeds and evict all encrochers,’ said Dhiren Sahoo the former chairman of Kendrapara municipality.