Cabinet approves renovation and restoration of water bodies

December 26th, 2008 - 6:21 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to the scheme of repair, renovation and restoration of wide variety of water bodies all over the country with an approximate cost of Rs. 6,000 crore during XI Plan period.
The scheme will cover about 23000 water bodies across the country with a culturable command area of 16.8 lakh hectares. When completed, the project will create an additional irrigation potential of 7.5 lakh hectares.
The scheme envisages that the states will prepare projects with a sub-basin approach with regard to public water bodies on Government land, gram panchayat, municipalities corporations, registered societies in agriculture and allied sectors and public trusts.
The objective is comprehensive improvement of selected tank systems including restoration, improvement of catchment area of tank commands, increase in storage capacity of water bodies, improvement in agriculture productivity, increase in recharge of ground water in downstream areas of water bodies, development of tourism, cultural activities, increased availability of drinking water.
The scheme, it will cover about 23000 water bodies having culturable command area of about 16.8-lakh hectare. After the completion of the scheme about 7.5 lakh hectare of additional irrigation potential would be created. (ANI)

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