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Dugwell Recharge Scheme to cost Rs1798.71 crore

The State sector scheme of ‘Artificial Recharge to Ground Water through Dugwells’ has been formulated by the Ministry of Water Resources.
It is being implemented in 1180 over-exploited, critical and semi-critical blocks of hard rock areas in the seven States namely Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs.1798.71 crore including the subsiding component of Rs. 1499.27 crore.
The details of dugwells being covered are given below:
State              Total no. of Dugwells

Andhra Pradesh 737436
Gujarat            558536
Karnataka        154493
Maharashtra     328322
MP                  360088
Rajasthan       1065051
Tamil Nadu     1250730
Grand Total    4454656
The funding of the Scheme is being done by Ministry of Finance through NABARD. It is being implemented on ‘Cluster approach basis’ in a time span of three years from 2007-2010. A National Programme Monitoring Committee (NPMC) has been set up by the Ministry of Water Resources for monitoring the progress of the Scheme.
Total number of irrigation dugwells proposed for recharge is 4.45 million. Of which 2.72 million dugwells owned by small and marginal farmers and 1.73 million dugwells owned by other farmers. The average cost of recharge structure per well is Rs4000 which varies from Rs3600 as in Maharashtra to Rs5700 as in Andhra Pradesh. The beneficiaries would be farmers having own wells in their agricultural land.

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