June 26, 2016
The seven districts of Bundelkhand – Jhansi, Mahoba, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot, Banda, and Lalitpur have been reeling under a severe drought due to scanty rainfall. The damaged crops had become a reason for misery of the rural population, to which Akhilesh Yadav has shown a ray of hope.
The dry and baked landscape of Bundelkhand is going to get a water conservation programme under Uttar Pradesh government’s ‘Samajwadi Jal Sanchay Yojna’. The scheme aims at reviving 100 ancient ponds in Bundelkhand. It is believed that these ponds were constructed by Bundela Kings about 200 years ago.
This is not the first time when Akhilesh Yadav has announced something special for Bundelkhand. Numerous other initiatives like providing free food, ensuring employment, establishing solar power plants, installation of hand pumps and schemes like Samajwadi Pension have also been undertaken by his Akhilesh government for Bundelkhand.
Samajwadi Jal Sanchay Yojna
In order to get permanent solution of Bundelkhand drought, Samajwadi Party government has initiated a 100 ponds restoration scheme which will improve the situation of irrigation in the area. Uttar Pradesh irrigation department is working on reviving these ponds under which each water body will approximately store 60 million cubic metres of water. Majority of ponds will be ready to store rain water before the monsoon sets in.
The revival of ponds has multiple benefits. Along with re-charging the ground water the villagers can use the water for irrigation as well as for domestic purposes.
Construction of Multiple Dams
Uttar Pradesh irrigation department have started the construction of 13 dams out of which 9 have been completed. To supply drinking water in 378 villages in Jhansi district, the irrigation department is constructing an arch dam. In Lalitpur district, Korean technology has been used for the construction of a rubber dam for water storage.
Uttar Hamara appreciates the efforts made by UP’s youngest CM Akhilesh Yadav and hopes that Bundelkhand fights back all its water crisis issues.