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WB approves Rs.6,000 cr water scheme

ABHY to improve ground water management

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The World Bank has approved Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY), a Rs.6000 crore Central Sector Scheme to address the criticality of ground water resources.

The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation scheme is to be implemented over a period of five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23, with World Bank assistance.

The scheme aims to improve ground water management in priority areas in the country through community participation in the states of Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

These States represent about 25% of the total number of over-exploited, critical and semi-critical blocks in terms of ground water in India. They also cover two major types of groundwater systems found in India – alluvial and hard rock aquifers – and have varying degrees of institutional readiness and experience in groundwater management.

Funds under the scheme will be provided to the states for strengthening the institutions responsible for ground water governance, as well as for encouraging community involvement for improving ground water management to foster behavioural changes that promote conservation and efficient use of water.

The scheme will also facilitate convergence of ongoing Government schemes in the states by incentivizing their focused implementation in identified priority areas.

Implementation of the scheme is expected to benefit 78 districts in these states, said a release from the Press Information Bureau on 6 June 2018.

Funds under the scheme will be made available to the participating states as Grants.

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