UP suspends boring schemes in 108 blocks

UP suspends boring schemes in 108 blocks

In a bid to arrest the alarming decline in ground water level, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to suspend free boring schemes in 108 blocks out of 820 in the state.

"An assessment of block level ground water is being done after every four years and the approved report of the union water resource ministry for the year 2008-2009 has been received recently," minor irrigation and water resource minister Paras Nath Yadav said.

He said the report presents a serious situation as there has been a continuous rise in excessive exploited and critical category blocks in the state since the year 2000.

"The water level is depleting very fast. While only 22 blocks were identified in excessive exploited/critical category, this number increased to 108 as per the fresh estimates," Yadav added.

Let alone the irrigation if the situation remains the same there could be crisis of drinking water in future years, the minister said.

The minister added that the districts where water table was depleting fast included Agra, Saharanpur, Moradabad, Badaun, Muzaffarnagar, Bagpath, J P Nagar, Firozabad and Jaunpur.

He said in the wake of depleting water table it has been decided to suspend free boring scheme in these 108 blocks till the level was not recharged.

"It has been decided that coordination would be developed with other departments and discussions would be held every three months to seek suggestions for improving the situation," he added.

The minister said to check private exploitation of ground water level, an Act will be framed.
"Discussions will be held with the CM in this regard," he added.
 He said instead of free boring scheme, the department will construct check-dams in critical areas for water conservation.

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