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To improve ground water level, Haryana to develop big lakes



Chandigarh, 
13 July, 2019

With an aim to improve ground water level in Haryana, the state government will develop big lakes so that the water could be collected in them and ground water level could be raised. 

In this direction, the new lakes will be developed in various hill areas falling in the district such as Kasan and Kukdaula, and the restoration will be done of the Damdama Lake which is near extinction. Mapping will also be carried out for the development of such lakes.

This information was given by the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in a function organised to release Calendar of Events for Gurugram, prepared by the District Administration for the Gurujal Project under the Government's flagship program ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ in Gurugram on Saturday. 

According to this calendar, some activity will be done every week in the district to make water conservation a mass movement.

Under this Gurujal program, various programmes will be organised including the launch of website and helpline on July 19, District Enforcement Drive on July 26, program to save water drops on August 2, water proofing on August 9, Water Treatment Expo on August 16, Sport and Pond on August 23, Water Conservation on August 30, Connects Drops for Builders on September 6, Mass Plantation on September 13, Water Proofing on September 20 and I Am Water Conscious on September 27.

Emphasizing on accumulation of water, the Chief Minister said that he has done an aerial survey of Kasan, Kukdaula and Damdama so that big lakes could be developed at the foothills of the hilly areas falling in the district and the water can be conserved. 

He said,  "When rain occurs, the water coming from the hills goes waste into settlements in villages and there is no better use of it, but now when pmthere will be a lake on the foothills then the rainwater coming from the hills will go in these lakes and the ground water level will rise."
          
Khattar said that the Jal Shakti Abhiyan was very important not only for the country and for the state, but also for saving of water at world.

The Chief Minister said that the purpose of Jal Shakti Abhiyan is to conserve water in the monsoon season. Under this campaign, 4,000 ponds would be rejuvenated in the state.

Apart from this, rainwater harvesting systems would be installed in 1,000 schools of the state and 1.5 lakh soak pits would be made in the rural areas by the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department. Apart from this, 100 borewells in every district, which are not being used, would also be used as recharge-well, he added.

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