Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Water Resources
09-March-2011 14:00 IST
Scheme for Artificial Recharge of Groundwater
The Government has said that since the scheme for ‘Artificial Recharge of Ground Water through Dugwells’ is over, steps are underway to get it evaluated. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Water Resources, said that the scheme for ‘Artificial Recharge of Ground Water through Dugwells’ was launched by the Government in the year 2008 with a total outlay of Rs. 1,798.71 crore. The scheme was to be implemented by 31.03.2010. The scheme covered seven States, namely Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & Rajasthan with the objective of recharging existing dugwells in areas underlain by hard rock using runoff rain water from agricultural fields.

Shri Pala informed the House that under the scheme an expenditure of Rs. 283.457 crore was incurred up to March 2010. The Ministry of Water Resources monitored overall progress of the scheme through National Level Programme Implementation Committee (NPMC). The participating States have also created suitable monitoring mechanism at State and district level in the form of State Level Steering Committees (SLSC) and District Level Implementation and Monitoring Committees (DLIMC).