Within six months of the launch of the Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan (MJSA) by the Rajasthan government, water has begun to overflow at the anicut built in Charwa village of the Udaipur district.
More than 93,000 low-cost water harvesting structures – contour trenches, mini percolation tank, field bundings, anicuts and ponds – have been constructed across 3,529 villages in the state since the launch of the first phase of the MJSA, one of the biggest water conservation initiatives in the driest state of the country.
According to Sriram Vedire, chairperson of the Rajasthan River Basin and Water Resources Planning Authority, and the advisor to the water resources ministry, the focus had been to preserve rainwater through scientific methods by building low-cost structures starting from base of the mountains. Planting of trees has also been carried out on a large scale.
These structures were set up with an estimated cost of Rs 1,700 crore, mostly sourced from allocations under various existing schemes – Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (24%), Integrated Watershed Management Programme (32%), un-tied funds allocated for MJSA (32%) and other schemes.
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