Article courtesy of TNN | June 9, 2015 | The Times of India | Shared as educational material
NAGPUR: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is gung ho about Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan and believes that it will change the face of the villages. Impressed by the response it is receiving in villages, the CM said that it was a mass movement for water first time after independence.
Accompanied by guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, he inspected the water conservation works undertaken under the mission in association with Art of Living Foundation. He visited Mondha, Ukhali, Junewani, Kinhi Dhanoli, Bazargaon, Panjrakate and Ghurkheda.
Talking to the media in Junewani village, Fadnavis said 27 types of water conservation works were being done in 6,000 villages under the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan. “Around 82% of farmland still does not have agriculture. Unless the fields are irrigated, farmers won’t get economic stability. So far we have executed works worth Rs30 crore with public participation,” he said.
The CM said the works undertaken included deepening and widening of streams, construction of cement and earthen stop dams, nullah bunding, digging farm ponds, etc. “The benefit of these works will be evident during the coming rainy season. After that people will join this movement on their own. In the coming five years about 20,000 villages will become drought-free. There is no alternative to these works, which increase the ground water table,” he stressed.
While inspecting the work done in Mondha village, he told the villagers to plant trees on the banks so that the soil on the banks of the nullah didn’t flow into it. This would also help in conserving the environment.
In Junewani village he was told that Art of Living Foundation had made five Pokland machines available for four villages. These machines had been used to deepen nullahs. The total length of the deepened stretches was 22 km. Of the Rs one crore donated by Siddhivinayak Trust, Rs25 lakh each had been given to Katol and Nagpur Rural talukas.
MLAs Ashish Deshmukh and Sameer Meghe, divisional commissioner Anup Kumar and district collector Sachin Kurve accompanied the CM on the tour.