Jal dhoro jal bhoro - WBWRIDD

JAL-DHARO JAL-BHARO PROGRAMME (WRI&D Department)

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 purposes.

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 purpose.

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 of income.

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.

ASSETS CREATED UNDER "JAL DHARO JAL BHARO" BY WRDD & UNDER THE CONVERGENCE PROGRAMME WITH P&RD DEPTT, GOVT OF WEST BENGAL AS ON 31.12.2015
SL NO District
Convergence with P&RD
FY 11-12 FY 12-13 FY-13-14 FY-14-15 FY-15-16 (Dec) Total no of Water Bodies
WRDD
Equivalent tank 11-12 Equivalent tank 12-13 Equivalent tank 13-14 Equivalent tank 14-15 Equivalent tank 15-16(Dec) Total Equivalent tank Volume (Ha-M) MGNREGA Pond11-12 MGNREGA Pond12-13 MGNREGA Pond13-14 MGNREGA Pond14-15 MGNREGA Pond15-16(Dec) MGNREGA Total Volume (Ha-M)
Grand Total of water Bodies of P&RD and WRDD
1 Birbhum 6123 6414 3909 1680 905 19031 0 0 224 0 212 436 96 0 4 12 2 NIL 18 4 19485
2 Howrah 53 156 51 30 105 395 1989 0 0 90 158 2237 492 0 0 0 2 NIL 2 0 2634
3 Paschim Midnapore 3242 2583 1476 1046 903 9250 324 1419 664 285 1061 3753 826 0 0 0 NIL 0 0 13003
4 Jalpaiguri 1201 745 314 200 6 2466 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NIL 0 0 2466
5 Bankura 1859 995 2288 103 20 5265 1412 2807 420 943 2266 7848 1727 0 0 0 NIL 0 0 13113
6 Coochbehar 54 100 99 50 71 374 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 NIL 26 6 400
7 Burdwan 1852 2495 4945 980 379 10651 442 587 130 1159 255 0 5 0 NIL 5 1 11815
8 Purba Midnapore 1845 3340 3674 3097 2703 14659 0 748 1392 218 2358 519 0 0 14 NIL 14 3 17031
9 Nadia 212 205 57 348 265 1087 0 770 0 770 169 0 0 0 NIL 0 0 1857
10 Malda 423 274 89 43 33 862 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NIL 0 0 862
11 Hooghly 736 942 532 196 339 2745 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NIL 0 0 2745
12 24 Parganas(N) 3736 2110 3940 4016 1581 15383 663 0 0 663 146 0 0 0 NIL 0 0 16046
13 Murshidabad 1328 1835 321 113 173 3770 0 0 57 57 13 0 0 0 NIL 0 0 3827
14 Dakshin Dinajpur 291 366 263 67 30 1017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NIL 0 0 1017
15 24 Parganas(S) 704 2654 2294 302 4522 10476 6786 4649 0 360 673 12468 2743 0 4 2 NIL 6 1 22950
16 Uttar Dinajpur 324 378 55 7 22 786 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NIL 0 0 786
17 Purulia 2004 2200 2156 98 6458 5287 1191 325 570 1460 8833 1943 0 0 0 NIL 0 0 15291
18 Darjeeling(DGHC) 6 0 0 6 0 0 0 120 120 NIL 240 53 246
19 Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad 12 9 6 27 0 0 0 0 0 NIL 0 0 27
20 Alipurduar 142 NIL 142
TOTAL 23983 27596 26525 14443 12303 104850 16903 11584 3669 2596 5830 40582 8928 0 133 28 150 NIL 311 68 145743