WRI&DD > Jal Dharo Jal Bharo
In order to combat the alarming situation in respect of both Ground and
Surface water scenario in the state, the programme named “Jal Dharo-Jal Bharo" was launched during 2011-12 for preservation of precious water
resources. For successful implementation of the programme, the Water Resources Investigation & Development Department, GoWB has taken the
important role for large scale harvesting of rain water as well as arresting surface runoff for improvement and availability of precious water
resources through construction and management of Minor Irrigation structures.
The objective of the "Jal Dharo-Jal Bharo" programme is to harvest rain
water in all kinds of water bodies viz, tanks, ponds, reservoirs, canals and underground artificial recharge through rooftop rain water harvesting.
For conservation and storage, rain water/surface run-off is arrested in derelict/silted tanks after proper de-siltation mainly for irrigation
The Department of Water Resources Investigation & Development is not only
executing water harvesting structures under different plan fund but is also engaged in re-excavation of tanks and other water bodies under MGNREGA
programme in convergence with P&RD Department, Govt of West Bengal. Different types of structures like Check Dams, Water harvesting Tanks and
Surface Flow Minor Irrigation Schemes are being constructed for arresting surface run-off vis-a-vis utilisation of stored water for irrigation/other
Available evidence indicates that substantial variation in the onset monsoon
and short duration of its span affects the principal monsoon crops. Variation of rainfall affects both the harvested area and the productivity
resulting in reduction of crop production. Thus, enhancement of water holding capacities in the water bodies will immensely support for supplementary
irrigation during the dry spell. Apart from agriculture activities, pisi-culture activities will also be developed resulting in further avenue
Availability of water throughout the year will also help the local villagers
for the purpose of their domestic activities and animal husbandry activities.
DWRID has launched Mass awareness campaign in different Districts of West Bengal
to save the precious water resources through "JAL DHARO-JAL BHARO” Programme with the aim towards building citizens’ awareness for rain water
conservation and its effective use.
Mass awareness campaign of "Jal Dharo-Jal Bharo" programme has already
been launched in Kolkata areas and different Districts of the State to make aware the people of the necessity for water conservation through
Artificial Recharge, efficient use of Irrigation water, quality preservation by controlling pollution and above all their active participation
to mitigate the water crisis, through daily leading Newspapers and display of Hoardings at different locations of Kolkata areas and different
Districts of the State. For awareness campaign, a Documentary Film has also been prepared in six different language i.e. in Bengali, English,
Hindi,OI Chiki (Santhali Language), Nepali & Urdu named "JAL DHARO JAL BHARO", by State Water Investigation Directorate under Water Resources
Investigation & Development Department.
As on December 2015, 1,45,743 number water bodies/retention structures
have been created/renovated out of which 40,893 equivalent pond have been created by WRI&DD, 1,04,850 number water bodies have been created/renovated
in convergence with P&RD Department and 311 number tanks have been created/renovated by WRI&DD under MGNREGA.