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Haryana

GURGAON-Rainwater harvest takes a hit as govt fails to release fund

December 02, 2019 05:38 AM

COURTESY HT DEC 2
Govt apathy 900 RWH structures in five districts could not be constructed under first phase of Jal Shakti Abhiyan

Archana Mishra

archana.mishra@hindustantimes.com

Gurugram : Over 900 rainwater harvesting (RWH) structures to recharge groundwater in southern Haryana’s five districts, including Gurugram, could not be constructed under the first phase of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA) as the state government failed to release the fund for the purpose. The region has already been declared a dark zone by the Central Pollution Control Board due to the depleting water table.


According to officials, the RWH structures were supposed to be built by September 15 this year.

“Out of ₹45 crore sanctioned for the state under JSA, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal, Mahendragarh and Rewari together got a maximum budget of ₹12.5 crore for the construction of over 300 rooftop rainwater harvesting structures and 600 structures on the ground surface. Till now, no fund has been received,” said a senior official with the agriculture and farmers’ welfare department, who preferred anonymity.

“The target for constructing RWH structures is highest for the region considering the depleting water table. But new RWH structures could not be built before September 15 under the first phase of the JSA in the absence of funds. The department, therefore, has wrote to the district administration in each of these districts to sanction about ₹3 lakh for the construction of RWH structures,” he said.


According to the letter accessed by the HT, the agriculture and farmers’ welfare department’s overall target was to construct 1,000 RWH structures and 1,900 recharging structures on old and abandoned dug wells across the state.

The department in the letter has cited an acute shortage of technical staff as well as officers in the groundwater cell that would affect the implementation of the project.

“We have asked the administration to rope in civic agencies for achieving the target. The construction of new harvesting structures requires efficient manpower from other departments also,” said VS Lamba, district hydrologist, mentioning that his department proactively works with the district administration in checking the functioning of existing RWH structures.


Subhi Kesarwani, in-charge of GuruJal that looks after the implementation of JSA, and Gurugram deputy commissioner Amit Khatri could not be contacted for comments despite repeated attempts by HT.

Notably, in August, the district administration had conducted a massive drive to check illegal extraction of groundwater and the functioning of RWH structures in residential areas. The administration found over 200 non-functional RWH units.

According to the official data, of 627 RWH units in 35 wards under the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, only 100 were cleaned. The target was to complete the cleaning of 174 structures before monsoons.


a dark zone

According to officials, over 900 RWH structures to recharge groundwater in southern Haryana’s five districts, including Gurugram, were supposed to be built by September 15

The region has already been declared a dark zone by the Central Pollution Control Board due to depleting water table


Out of ₹45 crore sanctioned for the state under JSA, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal, Mahendragarh and Rewari together got a budget of ₹12.5 crore for the construction of over 300 rooftop RWH structures and 600 structures on the ground surface. Till now, no fund has been received, the officials said

The target for constructing RWH structures is highest for the region considering the depleting water table.

 
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