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Project to take place for conserving groundwater Maharashtra

The water resources department takes an integrated water management plan and target around 37.52 lakh hectares micro-irrigation by 2030.
Project to take place for conserving groundwater Maharashtra

As the Big Data revels that 60 percent of fresh and clean are used by the agricultural sector, the times has come where people have to think for restoring water for future. As predicted with coming time natural resources is deteriorating and human have to think about alternative resources to supplement the requirements.

The water resources department is chalking out an integrated water management plan and has set a target of bringing around 37.52 lakh hectares under micro-irrigation by 2030. Currently, micro-irrigation covers 3.25 lakh hectares in the area of Godavari basin in the state and the plan envisages diversion of water from major water bodies in western region to tackle water scarcity in villages in drought-prone Marathwada, parts of western Maharashtra and North Maharashtra.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “The draft should not read like a lifeless compilation of statistics. I want an integrated comprehensive plan that would consider water management in Godavari and other river basins, agriculture, changes in crop pattern.”

The chief minister constituted a committee of water and agricultural experts and officials to prepare a proposal in three months for final approval and immediate implementation. Fadnavis has reiterated that pace of work will have to be expedited as these are projects promising larger public welfare.

A senior officer said, “When we talk of enhancing irrigation area from 3.25 lakh hectares (2015) to 37.52 lakh hectares (2030), we have to back it up with finance and technology,” said the official.

Plugging the 22 to 40 per cent leakage from water bodies through effective water management is part of the proposal. The chief minister said, “We will have to incorporate the methodology for integrated water plan for all river basins across the state.”

Emphasis was on greater impetus to projects under Godavari Valley Development Corporation to recharge the shrinking water table, and linking of rivers. It was felt the state will have to evolve a district-wise water grid to cater to the rising demand for agriculture, industries and domestic purposes keeping in view requirements by 2030. Therefore, the proposal should make provisions for recycling and treatment of sewage water in urban and rural areas. 

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