Chhattisgarh has made another major achievement. Chief Minister’s Narva programme is going to be awarded by Central Government. Bilaspur district has secured top rank in the country for revival of rivers and rivulets, while Surajpur district has been ranked first for water conservation works, by Water Power Ministry of Government of India.
Central Government’s Water Power Ministry would confer National Water Award upon both the districts for conserving and preserving the water resources in year 2019. Bilaspur district has been selected as the Best District in the country under East Under Revival of River Category and Surajpur has been selected for the first prize under East Under Water Conservation category. These awards would be given away in the month of November.
Under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, state government has taken up the task of reviving the rural economy of state with the vision of ‘Chhattisgarh Ke Chaar Chinhari, Narva, Garua, Ghurva aur Bari, Ela Bachana Hai Sangwari’. This vision has now started to take the shape of reality. Under Narva Programme, an important part of Chhhattisgarh Government’s Suraaji Gaon Yojana, large number of rivers and rivulets across all districts of the state are being revived and conserved. Results of this programme are visible as better drinking water availability, development of irrigation resources, groundwater recharge and overall revival of rural economy.
Under Narva Programme, 47 structures have been built on various rivers and rivulets in Bilaspur district and water storage capacity of 17.508 million sq meter has been developed. In addition, 49 small water reservoir schemes are being constructed, which will further expand the water storage capacity by 48.53 million sq meter.
The total length of the 13 main rivers, rivulets and local drains in Bilaspur district is 2352.56 km, on which Water Resources Department has constructed one large, one medium and 165 small reservoirs and 117 anicut. Water Resources Department has revived a total of 1146.90 km of rivers and drains. 284 structures have been built on these rivers-rivulets, out of which 13 have been constructed on Kharang River, 5 on Shivnath, 13 on Lilagar, 17 on Arpa, 12 on Son River, 8 on Maniyari River, 12 on Ghulagha Nala, and 5 structures have been built on Gokna Nala, five at Tungan Nala, 3 at Narmada Nala, 3 at Champi Nala, 4 at Alan Nala, 5 at Jevas Nala and 181 small reservoirs and anicuts have been constructed at local drains.
Likewise, in Surajpur district, Dabri Maha Abhiyan was conducted to improve groundwater table and for water conservation. About 7 thousand Dabri and 4200 wells have been built in last two years under Dabri Mahabhiyan. As a result, nearly 18000 acres of land was irrigated and farmers started taking crops twice a year. Apart from this, the work of reviving small and large drains has also been started in last two years. Structures like 29 earthen dams, 57 stop dams, 10 under-ground dykes and 10,000 contour trenches were constructed, due to which irrigation facility for about 12000 hectare land has been developed and underground water level has also been improved.