Centre aims to create 50K acre-sized ponds by August 2023 | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Centre has set an ambitious target to create 50,000 ‘Amrit Sarovars’ (large ponds) by August 2023 and 12,500 of these by August this year across the country. Each such pond will be of at least one acre with a water holding capacity of 10,000 cubic metres.
Sources said with the monsoon approaching the government has stepped up its effort to create these water bodies and regular monitoring is being done at the Centre, state and district levels.
“There is a huge focus on inter-ministerial and inter-departmental coordination among ministries and departments to ensure that the target is met. A few secretaries have jointly written letters to states to expedite the scheme. This is perhaps happening for the first time on such a big scale to catch each drop of rain water,” said an official.
As per the guideline, 75 such ponds will be created in each district by August next year. In case of districts that can’t do so, they may take up rejuvenation of the existing structures for restoring their ecological and productive utility.
Officials said to be certified as Amrit Sarovar, the ponds need to meet specific criteria. The government is using the latest and most relevant technologies such as remote sensing and geospatial in all aspects of the work from site selection till project completion.
The guidelines specify that the sites of these ponds located in the villages of freedom fighters and martyrs should get priority. Commemorative planting of trees such as neem peepal and bargad (banyan) will be done at the work site on August 15 by freedom fighters or their family members or by the family of martyr or a local padma awardee. In case there is no such citizen available, the eldest citizen of the specific or local gram panchayat would be requested to lead the plantation.
The government has specified that the foundation stone for these ponds will be led by freedom fighters or their family members.

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