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Jal-Hath campaign will start soon for the conservation of water and ponds in Indore district


Feb 21, 2024

•Under the campaign, 51 ponds will be renovated/deepened/beautified with extensive public participation.
•Water Resources Minister Shri Tulsiram Silavat took a joint meeting of officials and public representatives.
•In the meeting, it was decided to make the campaign a mass movement with wide public participation.

Indore (Geetkar Damodar Virmal) Jal Haath campaign will be started soon to promote water conservation, water conservation and utilization of rain water in the district. Under this campaign, 51 ponds will be renovated, deepened and beautified with wide public participation. Action to free the ponds from encroachment will be taken on priority. A people’s movement will be formed by connecting every section of the society with the Jal-Haath campaign. This information was given in the joint meeting of officials and public representatives held here today under the chairmanship of Water Resources Minister Shri Tulsiram Silavat.
In this meeting, Collector Mr. Ashish Singh, Rural SP Mr. Sunil Goyal, District Panchayat President Mrs. Reena Satish Malviya, MLA Mr. Madhu Verma, Chief Executive Officer of District Panchayat Mr. Siddharth Jain, Additional Collector Mr. Gaurav Benal and Chief Executive Officers of District Panchayats were present. The President and other public representatives were present. Renovation of water structures and increasing water capacity were discussed in the meeting. Suggestions were taken from public representatives, officials and experts and it was decided to run the campaign as a mass movement.
On this occasion, Minister Shri Silavat said that it is the resolve of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi that all natural water sources should be conserved as per the present times. Every drop of water should be saved. To fulfill their resolution, an action plan is being prepared for water harvesting for natural balance and environmental protection. A public campaign will be run to stop rain water in ponds smaller than 10 hectare area located at the Panchayat level, to free the waterlogged areas from encroachment and to organize, deepen and beautify the ridges around them. This campaign will be carried forward with public participation to run it as a movement. In order to effectively implement the Jal Haath campaign, in the first phase the ponds of Indore district will be deepened and brought back to their ancient form. Minister Shri Silavat said that the pond is a symbol of religion, culture and development. Saving ponds is the need of the hour. Pond is the place of our faith. The ponds are gradually losing their original form. At such a time, there is a need to save the ponds. Conservation of ponds is also necessary to increase the ground water level. If ponds are saved then water will be saved. If water is saved, tomorrow will be saved. To save tomorrow, we have to be conscious today and do the work of water conservation as a mass movement. He urged everyone to come forward and join this campaign.
In the meeting, Collector Mr. Ashish Singh said that Jal-Hath campaign will be run in mission mode in Indore district. Under the campaign, such work will be done whose impact will be visible for a long time. The work done under the campaign will be continuously followed up. He instructed the officials to soon prepare the list of ponds to be taken under the campaign and start the work. In the meeting, District Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Mr. Siddharth Jain gave detailed information about the outline of the campaign. He said that work will be done with micro-planning to bring the Jal Haath campaign on the ground. Panchayat and Rural Development Department will develop a model for this, in which the campaign will be started by making provision of budget from MNREGA. He said that a special action plan will be made to identify and organize the ponds of all the districts of the state and with the budget provision, it will be translated into action on the ground. A model will be created strategically and A.B.C. After grading, the work of deepening, patching, damming and plantation of ponds will be started.
Cooperation of revenue staff will be taken to remove encroachment from the ponds. All these ponds will be demarcated by the Revenue Department and the work of making them encroachment free by marking the water logged areas will be done on a large scale. In the first phase, water conservation and water conservation work of 51 ponds of the district will be started as per the action plan and will be completed by June 30.

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