Monsoon days decreasing, state govt focusing on rain water harvesting

Bhubaneswar, Feb 22: Odisha still banks on monsoon for water while the monsoon days are decreasing due to climate change. The state is focusing on monsoon water conservation to address the issue.

This was informed by Water Resources Minister Raghunandan Das in the Assembly.

Odisha has eight large, 43 medium and 2728 small dams while another six large and medium dams are being constructed to meet the needs of irrigation and drinking water.

Similarly, the state government has initiated ‘Chief Minister Check Dam Project’ since 2010-11 to reserve water in small canals.

As many as 14,931 check dams have been constructed under the scheme till date. Besides, the state government has plans to construct ‘In Stream Storage Structure’ on different rivers for water conservation, the minister said.

Rooftop rainwater harvesting scheme was introduced in 11 cities for groundwater recharge in urban areas of the state in 2014-15.

Rooftop rainwater harvesting systems were created on 358 government buildings and 9438 private buildings between 2014-15 and 2018-19 to recharge groundwater, the minister said in respond to a question of BJP MLA Mohan Charan Majhi on Thursday.

Besides, the state government has plans to construct ground water recharge shaft in 15 districts to increase groundwater level.

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