CM directed the concerned officers to get a survey conducted for construction of mini dams in Shivalik area to ensure maximum storage of water 14-05-2015
Chandigarh, May 14 – Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal has directed the concerned officers to get a survey conducted for construction of mini dams in Shivalik area to ensure maximum storage of water. Also, if necessary the forest area of adjoining Himachal Pradesh could be utilized for storage of water as he has already spoken to the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh who, in turn has assured cooperation for the same. The Chief Minister, who was presiding over a review meeting on water storage structures in Shivalik areas here today. also suggested that while constructing such dams, opinion of Sarpanhes and other representatives of adjoining villages might also be taken. The Chief Minister said that during rainy season, a huge quantity of water gets wasted in Shivalik hills of Panchkula, Yamunanagar and Ambala districts. Although small check-dams have been constructed for storage of water by Forest, Agriculture and Irrigation Departments yet more mini-dams should be constructed wherever required so as to meet the demand of drinking water, irrigation purposes and recharge of groundwater. In case, they find that such dams could be constructed in adjoining state of Himachal Pradesh, this matter could be taken up with the government of that State. These dams could prove beneficial for Haryana, he added. The Chief Minister directed the officers to explore the possibility of constructing such mini dams in Morni area of Panchkula distrcit. This would not only provide adequate water for the people of the area but would also promote tourism. Principal Secretary Forest Mr. Amit Jha informed that about 20 years back, 234 mini dams were constructed at a cost of Rs.61 crore for storage of water in Shivalik area. Out of the total, 142 mini dams were built in Panchkula, 82 in Yamunanagar and 10 in Ambala. Now, the department has identified 125 new sites for construction of similar dams. Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S.Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary Agriculture, Mr. Dhanpat Singh, Principal Secretary, Irrigation Mr. R.R. Jowel and OSD to Chief Minister Capt. Bhupinder Singh were also present in the meeting.