New Delhi, April 18
The way has been cleared for the Center to start the implementation of the ambitious project to rejuvenate 13 major rivers of the country, including five rivers of Punjab.
The five rivers of Punjab are Ravi, Beas, Sutlej, Chenab and Jhelum.
Other rivers identified for proposed rejuvenation are Yamuna, Brahmaputra, Luni, Narmada, Godavari, Mahanadi, Krishna and Kaveri.
Sources said the Center had finalized the modalities for implementing the work after approving the Detailed Project Report (DPR).
The DPR for the restoration of all these rivers has been approved by the Center and the works will be conducted as per the roadmap given in them. These have been prepared by the Dehradun-based Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) in consultation with the State Forest Departments of the respective states.
The proposed outlay in 23 DPRs is over Rs 19,342 crore under the four major components. The works proposed under him include afforestation along river banks, measures to prevent soil erosion, groundwater recharge, ecological restoration and eco-tourism by developing river fronts.
It is estimated that groundwater recharge will be about 1,890 million cubic meters per year. Also, there will be a reduction in sedimentation of 64,83,114 million cubic meters per year, which is likely to benefit drinking water and irrigation.
Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti Bishweshwar Tudu recently said that the Center will supplement the efforts of States/UTs for conservation and rejuvenation of rivers by providing financial assistance to check pollution through the Central Sector Scheme of ‘Namami Gange’. makes.
Also, it assists them through the centrally sponsored scheme of National River Conservation Scheme.
Source : Tribune India
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