Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday announced constitution of a Pond Management Authority for the protection, conservation, development and rejuvenation of over 14,000 ponds in the state even as Magsaysay awardee Rajendra Singh, praised Khattar government’s “incredible feat of having successfully taken water to the tail ends and Masani Dam in southern Haryana after 30 years”. The Chief Minister also announced that the unspent balance of Rs 60 crore out of Rs 100 crore budgeted for Haryana Swarna Jayanti Celebrations Authority would now be spent on efforts to double the income of farmers and to conserve water.
Both of them were speaking at a “National Seminar on Enhancing Efficacy of Usage of Water” jointly organised by Irrigation Department and Haryana Irrigation Research and Management Institute, Kurukshetra, on the occasion of 52nd Haryana Day here today. Khattar also announced that 50 to 60 small lakes or water bodies would be developed in the areas adjoining Delhi for storage and recharging of water to meet its growing requirement in areas adjoining the national capital.
Expressing concern over the increasing demand of water in the Delhi and adjoining areas, the Chief Minister said that Delhi has a population of about 2.5 crores and after adding the population of adjoining districts of Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida, it reaches upto about four crore. Keeping this in view, it has been decided to develop 50 to 60 small lakes or water bodies in the areas adjoining Delhi so that the water stored could be utilised to meet the growing requirement in adjoining areas.