Water conservation projects in the country are under a lot of pressure, with several projects in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat facing major delays due to various issues including the water availability.
The Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) is facing the same issue.
“In many of the projects that we are working on, we are dealing with a shortage of water,” MoWR Director General D.J. Thamburam told ET.
“We have to be ready to meet these needs.
We need to be prepared to invest in infrastructure to address these issues,” he added.
Water conservation project in Andhra Nadu, where the project will be launched in the next two months, is expected to take eight to 10 years to complete.
“The water is not available in the district,” Thambar said.
“But we are getting water from the reservoir.
We are also getting water through a water storage facility in the city of Nagpur,” he said.
The MoWR has identified water conservation project as a priority project for 2015-16.
“It will be a water conservation scheme.
It will have a focus on improving water management and the availability of water.
We want to provide irrigation water to farmers, as well as help the local water management bodies,” Thamba said.
Water conservancy project in Kerala is under review.
“Currently, we have to focus on other projects.
We have to see what is the demand and how we can reduce it.
We do not have enough water to deal with demand,” Thambo said.
Thamba added that the project has been in the works for some time.
“This project is an extension of the project we started with.
We started with Rs. 10 lakh.
We will continue to work on this water conservation for the next 10 to 12 years,” he explained.
The government of India has allocated Rs. 50,000 crore for water conservation schemes, of which the MoWR will be contributing Rs. 5,000 million for the Maharashtra project.
MoWR is also providing Rs. 2,500 crore for the Karnataka project, which will be in the form of an interim grant.