Water Conservation Scheme, Maharashtra

Repair, Maintenance and Restoration of the existing water bodies like lakes, dams, ponds, etc in the state

On February 4, 2021, Maharashtra cabinet approved a Water Conservation Scheme for the entire state. Under this scheme the repair and maintenance of existing water bodies will be taken into force. It aims at conservation of water as well as improved irrigation facilities in the state. It tends to us the existing resources to its full capacity instead of new irrigation work for now. This scheme is currently named as ‘Chief Minister Water Conservation Programme’. It will be in operation for 3 aligned years till March, 2023. Total scheme expenditure is estimated as Rs. 1,340 crores.

Scheme Overview:

Scheme name:Chief Minister Water Conservation Programme
Scheme Under:Maharashtra Government
Approved By:Maharashtra Cabinet chaired by CM Uddhav Thackeray
Approved On:February 4, 2021
Scheme Objective:Repair, Maintenance and Restoration of the existing water bodies like lakes, dams, ponds, etc in the state.
Total Outlay:Rs. 1,340 crores

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Objectives and Benefits:

  • The main objective of the scheme is to conserve water
  • It tends to use the available water resources to its full potential
  • It aims at minimizing the wastage of water
  • Under this scheme about 7,916 water resources will be repaired for increasing their storage capacity for use in small villages
  • Water conservation will help villages in sustainable farming
  • It will ensure water supply to all the arts of the state in the long run
  • This water conservation scheme will enable increased irrigation capacity

Key Points:

  • On February 4, 2021, Maharashtra cabinet headed by CM Uddhav Thackeray approved the new water conservation scheme in the state
  • This scheme is named as ‘Chief Minister Water Conservation Programme’
  • It will run for 3 aligned years till March 2023
  • Under this scheme, repair, maintenance and restoration of the existing water bodies will be taken place for 3 years
  • It will increase the water conservation levels as well as increase the irrigation capacities
  • No new water bodies or resources will be constructed under this scheme for now rather it will only focus on restoring the existing resources
  • This scheme will enable use of the existing water resources to their full potential
  • Storage capacity of the resources will be increased through repair and maintenance
  • About 7,916 water resources will be repaired for increasing their storage capacity for use in small villages
  • Small water resources up to 600 hectares will be selected for repair and maintenance
  • Existing MVA government replaced the previous BJP government’s ‘Jalyukt Shivar’ scheme for water conservation with this new scheme
  • Total expenditure of this scheme is estimated as Rs. 1,340 crores

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