KUPWARA: Central Nodal Officer, ‘Jal Shakti Abiyan: Catch The Rain, 2022’ and Director of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Vrunda Manohar Desai, who is on a two-day visit to Aspirational District Kupwara had a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Khalid Jahangir and other officers concerned with the progress of the Catch The Rain (CTR), 2022 program.
The technical manager, AK Chakaro Borty; SE, Hydraullic and officers implementing the Catch the Rain initiative, Amrit Sarovars (Jal Shakti Abiyan) attended the meeting.
While welcoming the officers of the Union Government, the Deputy Commissioner briefed them on the goals and achievements of Jal Shakti Abyyan: Catch the Rain – 2022.
He informed them that the aim of the district administration is to conserve water resources for future generations and maintain its quality.
He briefed them on general details of ongoing and completed work under the JSA. He said the Kupwara district water conservation science plan is under development and expected to be completed within a month.
The Deputy Commissioner informed that 339 water bodies have been created, developed and improved under the Catch the Rain initiative in 2021-22 through the Department of Rural Development at a cost of Rs.266 lakh. Also, desilting of 600 khuls of irrigation at a cost of Rs.511 lakh was carried out during the same period.
In addition, DC said that 1082 different works have been carried out under watershed development over the past 6 years. He added that 60 water collection reservoirs and 29 boreholes have been constructed by the agriculture department in the past 5 years.
The Deputy Commissioner also briefed on the proposed activities for water harvesting and conservation and said that 4438 different works involving Rs.3964 lakh have been proposed under the scheme.
He said Rs. 10 crore project has been approved for Kupwara district under the Flood Management Program Phase II for works to protect coffers of various nallahs from flooding in the district along the embankment of flood nallahs at critical locations to prevent soil erosion and protect residents’ lives and property.
The Deputy Commissioner also briefed the team on water catchment area protection, river/stream rejuvenation, rehabilitation of traditional water bodies, spring shed development, reforestation program , the establishment of Jal Shakti Kendras, the status of geo-marking of water bodies, the creation /rejuvenation of Amrit Sarovars, forest convergence plan, de-silting of irrigation canals and programs of sensitization.
The deputy commissioner said awareness raising is an ongoing process in the district, adding that 385 gram sabhas at the panchayat level were held to raise awareness of water conservation among the general public under Jal Shakti Abyan-Catch the Rain.
He said 200 khuls have been desilted this year by the rural development department to increase irrigation facilities in the district.
The Deputy Commissioner said that the district administration is on track to complete all 75 Amrit Sarovars within the targeted period of August 15 this year.
Regarding the reforestation program, the DC said that in the current year, 3.5 lakh trees are planted in the district, while last year, 4 lakh were planted in the district.
Regarding tourism, the Deputy Commissioner said that Kupwara district has a huge forest covered area which offers great potential for adventure and border tourism activities, adding that the administration is making concerted efforts to stimulate the tourism sector by developing facilities.
He said the forest department has been exploring new tracking routes and the administration is encouraging homestay establishments in border areas to facilitate tourists.
Regarding the water conservation plan and rainwater harvesting, the Deputy Commissioner stated that recharge wells and pit areas are being constructed by RDD for groundwater recharge to to raise the water table.
Addressing the meeting, the Central Nodal Officer emphasized water conservation for a sustainable future and emphasized the need to plan meticulously for the greatest benefit of society.
She expressed satisfaction with the measures taken by the district administration and assured that she will provide all possible support for the success of the projects in the district.