Muzaffarnagar: Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has announced to confer National Water Award-2020 to UP while declaring the 3rd National Award. Along with this, he has declared Muzaffarnagar as the best in the North Zone under the best district for water conservation. The revival of Hindon and Kali and Kali West (Nagin) rivers played an important role in taking the district to the highest position in water conservation. Better system of construction of Dam and Soakpit and Rain Water Harvesting took the district to the top. CDO Alek Yadav said that along with all this, great cooperation was also received from plantation and land conservation. Better coordination and management of Panchayati Raj and Minor Irrigation Department took the district forward in water conservation.
Efforts were started many years ago
Many years ago, during the last tenure of PM Narendra Modi, the then Union Minister of State for Water Resources and the current Minister of State, Dr. Sanjeev Balyan had started efforts to conserve water and improve the ground water level in view of the condition of the district. With his efforts, various action plans of eight crores were prepared and sent to the state government to improve the ground water level of the overexploited areas. On which work started on many projects after the implementation of Minor Irrigation Department in 2019-20.
Improvements made in these areas of the district
For water conservation, construction of nine ponds in Husainpur Kalan, Kharar and Loi and Parasoli of development block Budhana and village Nirmana-1 and Nirmana-2 of Baghra block and village Kutesara of Charthaval block including village Baghra, Peenana is about 5.5 crores. done at a cost of Rs. The ponds were renovated at a cost of about 1.30 crores in Peepalshah and Biralsi villages of Charthawal development block and Fugana, Kheda Mastan in Budhana. Along with this, arrangements for rain water harvesting were made at various schools and other places. Charthawal block comes under critical and Budhana overexploited category.
Rain water harvesting plant set up at Mahabalipuram Junior High School.
Two check dams kept conserving water
For water conservation, two check dams were built in the district itself at a cost of one crore. These include Navla and Raipur villages of Khatauli. The irrigation potential of both the check dams is 20-20 hectares.
Minister Baliyan said, good luck of the district
Union Minister of State and Muzaffarnagar MP Dr. Sanjeev Baliyan said that it is the good fortune of the district after the district was awarded the best district award in terms of water conservation in North Zone. He said that the government’s job is to work in public interest, but the role of government agencies and public cooperation is important in this achievement.