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The World Bank has recently approved a Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The estimated cost of this Atal Bhujal Yojana is Rs. 6,000 crore and it is expected that the scheme will be implemented over a period of five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23.
The Scheme will help to address the critical issue of ground water resources in a major part of the country. The main objective of the scheme is to improve ground water management in priority areas in the country and that too with the help of local community. The Atal Bhujal Yojna will be implemented in the areas of Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh as these states represent about 25% of the total number of over-exploited, critical and semi-critical blocks of ground water.
The Atal Bhujal Yojna will be implemented in the areas of Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh
Under this scheme, the funds will be provided to the states to enhance the ground water governance. It is expected that the scheme will benefit nearly 8350 Gram Panchayats in 78 districts in these states.
Credits: Press Information Bureau