TAMIL NADU

“Artificial recharge, an effective technique”

Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: A workshop on ‘Artificial recharge of groundwater through dug wells in hard rock areas’ was held here on Thursday, in which experts urged the farmers in dry regions to recharge their water bodies in scientific fashion to keep their agricultural operations going.

Formulated by the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, the scheme of artificially recharging ground water through dug up wells in hard rock areas will be implemented by the Public Works Department (Ground Water Division) in association with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for three years from 2008 - 09.

In order to sensitise officials, farmers, bankers etc., the workshop was conducted by NABARD at Tirunelveli.

The workshop was inaugurated by Collector G. Prakash in the presence of M. Ramadoss, Convenor, District Consultative Committee and Senior Regional Manager, Indian Overseas Bank, Tirunelveli.

The Collector said that artificial recharge was one the most effective groundwater management techniques to ensure sustainability and arrest degradation of water quality.

J. Suresh, Assistant General Manager, NABARD stated that the scheme aimed at improving the sustainability of dug up wells, irrigated agricultural productivity, drinking water availability and ultimately the socio-economic as living conditions of people in Alangulam, Melaneelithanallur, Sankarankovil, Valliyoor and Radhapuram blocks, where groundwater resources had been overexploited during the past several decades.

He pointed out that under the scheme the PWD and the NABARD, after selecting the beneficiaries, would credit the assistance in their bank accounts for construction of recharge structures from the corpus created at the national level for the scheme through commercial, rural and co-operative banks.

Mr. Suresh further stated that under the scheme, small and marginal farmers, who wished to construct artificial recharge structures in their existing dug wells were entitled to avail 100 per cent subsidy subject to a maximum unit project cost of Rs.4000 and other farmers could obtain subsidy to the tune of 50 per cent of the project cost of Rs.4000.

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