Bhopal: The public participation in the special drive being carried out for reviving the dried river under the Jalabhishek Abhiyan in Madhya Pradesh has given much desired result.

Sources in the Panchayat and Rural Development Department say that Midasan River passing through Khargone, Ramkola, Ratlam and Panna has become revived. Earlier the river would dry during October-November.

They said that the successful implementation of River Revival Program has increased the level of ground level water in the adjoining areas. Irrigated areas have also increased thanks to the increased level of underground water in the well, tube well and ponds. This has boosted forestation and fodder development schemes in the areas. Ultimately the farmers got benefitted from the entire exercise.

On river each in all the 50 districts in the state was selected under this unique program. The implementation of three-year ambitious project will cost Rs 1, 056 crore. As of now, Rs 142.25 crore has been spent on the project. Out of which, Rs 10 crore has been raised from the public partnership.

Under the project, water conservation and ground water recharge work have been initiated in the 6.19 lakh hectare catchment and upstream areas.
Along with this, some big barrages are being developed in Amha in Satna, Karnali in Mandsaur, Dhunna in Sidhi, Bargah in Hoshangabad, Bardiya in Singrauli, Arba in Harda, Setubandh in Rewa.

Construction of group irrigation pond, stap dam, check dam and barrage is on the progress after identifying the rural circles under the water shedding areas of the selected rivers so that availability of water can be ensured for the long time.


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