Over three crore 70 lakh people have joined the nationwide Jal Shakti Abhiyan. The government had launched the ambitious initiative on 1st of July to enhance water security, especially in water stressed districts. During the past two months, the initiative has delivered over five lakh local water conservation infrastructures in 256 districts.
The Cabinet Secretary, Pradeep Kumar Sinha, yesterday reviewed the work done so far under the Jal Shakti Abhiyan. He lauded the efforts and commitment of the officers in helping make the Jal Shakti Abhiyan a people’ movement for water conservation.
During the meeting, Jal Shakti Minister, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat advised the officers to be abreast with modern water technologies and learn from water efficient countries such as Israel. He highlighted how each person had a major role to play in transforming India and making it water secure.
AIR correspondent reported that during the past two months, Jal Shakti Abhiyan has delivered over five lakh local water conservation infrastructures in 256 districts. Out of these, 2 lakh 73 thousand are water conservation and rain water harvesting measures, over 44,000 related to the rejuvenation of traditional water bodies.
About 1 lakh 50 thousand are water reuse and recharge structures and 1 lakh 23 thousand are watershed development projects. The initiative is aimed at making water conservation and promotion of irrigation efficiency a mass movement through asset creation and communication campaigns.
Over 250 officers, including Additional and Joint Secretaries, had been appointed as in-charge of water-stressed districts in the country to plan ways to conserve the natural resource.