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Structures for rainwater harvesting (RWH) and borewell recharge are in place and as many as 1.76 lakh saplings have been planted in Rewari district of Haryana, as a part of the ongoing Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA) that is currently underway across the country.
This was reported by a JSA team of central government officers who visited the district for the second time between 19th and 21st August to evaluate progress and follow up on initiatives that commenced last month.
The team comprised Central Nodal Officer (CNO) – Mr. Madhuranjan Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD); Mr. D. Bandyopadhyay, Deputy Secretary, NITI Aayog; and Mr. R. Shimray Director, Ministry of Jal Shakti.
They visited the villages of Dhaliyawas and Masani in Rewari Block; Gothra, Tappa and Khori in Khol Block and Nahar in Nahar Block; all of which are water-stressed villages.
According to the CNO, considering that the visit was in the midst of monsoons, the ground was moist, although there was no water logging in the fields. Further, there was no indication of water shortage.
On speaking to district officials, Sarpanchs and volunteers, the team was apprised of the situation and status of JSA interventions being implemented.
Rainwater harvesting has been started in all the villages visited and people seemed well aware of the importance of conserving water.
Given that forests are a crucial natural resource that plays a vital role in water conservation and water retention in the soil, as many as 1.76 lakh saplings of different varieties have been planted.
As far as the intervention concerning reuse and recharge of borewell structures is concerned, this is being ensured through soak pits. As on date, 94 soak pits have been constructed in Rewari Block; 41 in Khol Block and 44 in Nahar Block. These soak pits adopted at individual households and at community water sources would promote effective management of grey water. Such soak pits not only help support recharge of ground water table; they also help keep the environment clean and hygienic.
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