Centre has allocated rupees three billion for creation of artificial water bodies

December 1st, 2007 - 7:10 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Dec 1 (ANI): The Central Government has allocated Rs 300 crore (Rs 3 billion) for creation of artificial water bodies, Minister of State for Water Resources Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav told Lok Sabha on Saturday.
In reply to a Calling Attention Motion on the drop in the ground-water level in the country, Yadav said that the setting up of industries in an uncontrolled manner has led to the depletion of ground water in various parts of the country.
The Central Ground Water Board and State Ground Water Organisations have assessed the annual replenishable ground water resource at 433 billion cubic meters (BCM), he said.
Of the 5723 dynamic ground water resource assessment units, 839 are categorised as over-exploited, 226 as critical and 550 as semi-critical, he said.
The over-exploited areas are located mainly in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, Yadav said.
In all, 746 over-exploited areas, where the annual ground water extraction exceeds the annual replenishable resources, are under the process for notification for registration of groundwater abstraction structures, Yadav said.
The Centre has advised states to take all measures to adopt artificial recharge ground water, promote rain water harvesting in all over-exploited areas falling under their jurisdiction and ensure inclusion of rooftop rain water harvesting in building bye laws.
Earlier in the day, the House mourned the deaths of its two former members — A Patil and Channaiah Odeyar.
Patil represented Osmanabad constituency in Maharashtra in third, fourth and fifth Lok Sabha. He died on October 17 in Latur at the age of 80.
Patil played a major role in the merger of Hyderabad state in the Indian Union.
Odeyar, a committed social and political worker, represented Karnataka’s Davangere constituency in eighth, ninth and tenth Lok Sabha. He died on November 19 at Bangalore. He was 87. (ANI)

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