Water never forgets its path: Pradeep Sharma

Central Chronicle News
Bhilai, Aug 21: Mapping work of the nullahs constructed under Narwa Scheme will be done by the concerned department. It is being suggested to plant Arjuna trees on the banks of nullahs. The farmers possessing land near nullahs will be encouraged for organic farming. Further, the small sources of water will be identified as cleaned.
On Saturday, Agriculture Planning and Rural Development Advisor Pradeep Sharma chaired a meeting of the concerned officials of Narwa Scheme for giving thrust to the project. He said, “Water never forgets its path”, so it is necessary to identify the water source and works should be conducted to protect that source.
He said that the Narwa scheme is not a sudden step. This ambitious project was rolled out in the interest of rural areas and common people on the basis of the hard work done by experts over a span of many years. The ultimate objective of this scheme is to eliminate water scarcity for present and the future as well. Water recharging is not only providing benefits to agriculture but also solving the problem of drinking water.
Presently the work of mapping the drains made from Narva Yojana is being done. Along with this, the work of tree plantation by demarcating the banks of the drains will also be done.
Such trees will be planted in the banks of the drains which will prevent soil erosion. For this, Sharma suggested Arjuna tree, which has medicinal properties and also holds the soil.
He further said that public participation is very necessary for the success of Narwa, Garwa, Ghurva and Bari scheme. The specialty that this scheme is that it connects the common man. Through these schemes, villagers are not only getting employment under MGNREGA, but are also contributing in saving nature.
Farmers who have their fields on the banks of the drains will be encouraged to do organic farming by forming groups or unions. Pradeep Sharma also said that if someone’s land is filled with water near the drain; such farmer can also practice river bed farming.
Cleaning of small water sources will be done which include wells, ponds, dubaries in rural areas. Their cleaning work will also be done compulsorily. The work of cleaning the silt, water hyacinth etc will be done continuously so that every water source can be conserved.
Collector Dr. Sarveshwar Narendra Bhure, while mentioning the ‘Narwa, Garwa, Ghurva and Bari” schemes, said that there are vast possibilities in these schemes. The villagers are not only getting economic benefits but animals are also benefited. Narwa Yojana has rejuvenated the dried up drains, which has brought a big change in the lives of the villagers.
Today, wherever these schemes have successfully crossed their final stage, there has been development in agriculture and the basic problem of water has also been solved. We can further develop these schemes by doing a better assessment, he said. He instructed all the officers and employees to conduct quality work.
District Panchayat CEO Sachchidanand Alok, Additional Collector Nupur Rashi Panna, Assistant Collector Hemant Nandanwar and other officers and employees were present.

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