Haryana Panchayats take initiative on water harvesting

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Chandigarh, Nov 21 (UNI) Many Panchayats of Kurukshetra district of Haryana have begun harvesting rain water to resolve the problem of depleting water table in their areas.

Under the innovative scheme, launched with the help of Command Area Development Authority (CADA), these panchayats have started working on a plan to construct water channels by digging ponds on Panchayat lands so as to recharge ground water by utilising rain water and waste water of the villages.

The Panchayats that have taken the initiative included those of villages namely Barna, Salimpur, Mudud and Bibipur, an official spokesman said here today.

As a result of their efforts, the water table which was 80 to 85 feet deep has now improved to 65 feet and the hand-pumps have become functional.

The CADA has given a subsidy of Rs eight lakh to the Panchayats for implementation of their scheme.

He said under the scheme, each pond is divided into two parts.

While one part of the pond would contain waste water, the other would have filtered water which would be used for cattle to drink and take bath thus checking the problem of premature delivery.

Also, this scheme would help in maintaining sanitation in rural areas, he added.

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