2,314 villages in Nagpur Divn become ‘water-neutral’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Jul 2018 09:46:47


By Kartik Lokhande,

Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan creates 4,13,162.1 TCM water storage in division in three years, and also provides protective irrigation to 3,05,086 hectares




In 2017, the monsoon season did not see very encouraging rainfall. In Nagpur Division, Gondia and Bhandara districts were more than 50 per cent deficient in rainfall. Still, rural areas did not see much of a water crisis or drought like situation.

According to officials, much of the credit for this goes to successful implementation of Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan, the flagship programme of Maharashtra Government.
The programme, which is being implemented for the fourth year in 2018-19, has yielded positive results. Of a total 8,717 Revenue villages in six districts of Nagpur Division, as many as 2,314 have become ‘water-neutral’ or water-sufficient. Besides, works done under Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan between 2015-16 and 2017-18 have resulted in 4,13,162.1 TCM of water storage being created in Nagpur Division.

Also, facilities that can provide protective irrigation to 3,05,086 hectares have been created. The works done under the programme include water recharge, continuous contour trenches, stone
weirs, gabien weirs, farm bunding (in paddy farms), cement nullah bunds etc.
K N K Rao, Deputy Commissioner, told ‘The Hitavada’ that water availability in rural areas had been good in Summer-2018 despite deficient rainfall in Monsoon-2017. “The credit for this must be attributed to works done under Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan,” he said.

“The groundwater level has not been affected to the extent it used to be whenever there was similarly deficient rainfall previously,”
he added. An expenditure of Rs 1,076.52 crore has been incurred in three years on works completed in convergence mode.

In 2018-19, total 817 Revenue villages have been selected under Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan. Of these, 328 have become ‘water-neutral’. So far, total 15,987 works have been done and 2,939 works are in progress. Apart from availability of water stock, 200.29 lakh cubic metres of silt has been removed from nullahs and tanks in three years.

According to Vijay Bondre, Executive Engineer (EGS), creation of protective irrigation facilities and water storage of this magnitude within a short span of three years is no mean achievement. Also, lesser expenditure has been incurred on them. He said that 1 TCM of water can irrigate 2 hectares of farm land. Usually, creation of 1 TCM of water storage requires Rs 1 lakh.
However, under Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan, 1 TCM of storage has been created at an expenditure of Rs 26,359 only, he claimed.

In the years 2015-16 and 2016-17, the area covered under Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan was mostly farm land. From 2017-18, Bondre said, micro-watershed area is being taken up for works instead of a village. Besides, 70 per cent of the works done are aimed at area treatment and 30 per cent works are in the category of drainage-line treatment. Under area treatment, works like farm bunding etc are done. Whereas, in drainage-line treatment, cement nullah bund etc are the works done.