In a countrywide effort to enhance water security, especially in water-stressed districts, the Centre’s Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA) has initiated over 3.5 lakh water conservation measures in 256 districts, said officials of the Jal Shakti Ministry on Friday.
Out of these, 1.54 lakh are for water conservation and rainwater harvesting, 20,000 relate to the rejuvenation of traditional water bodies, over 65,000 are reuse and recharge structures and 1.23 lakh are watershed development projects. An estimated 2.64 crore people have already participated in the Abhiyan.
About 4.25 crore saplings were also planted as part of the efforts, the officials said. The outcome of the first phase of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan was announced at a review by Cabinet Secretary in New Delhi on Friday. Chairing a review meeting of Jal Shakti Abhiyan, Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha, said . “JSA will do lot of good in the years to come. Our aim is to ensure the benefits reach the farmers at the ground-level,’’ he said today.