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Taking steps to clean village ponds as well as urban ponds in Haryana

Priority should be given to those ponds which are situated within the habitation to avoid inconvenience to the people living nearby

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system should also be put in place for the management of overflowing ponds so that water going waste could be utilized for irrigation purposes, he added. Manohar Lal who is also the Chairman of Haryana Pond and Waste Water Management Authority (HPWWMA) was presiding over the first meeting of the Governing Body of the Authority. He directed that water should be completely drained out from the ponds alteast once in a year before the rainy season to ensure their cleanliness. At present the State has about 18,000 ponds including 15,500 rural ponds.

The Chief Minister also issued directions for identifying the ponds in the State as has religious significance and said that these be developed from religious point of view. He said that recently he has visited 30 to 35 religious places falling in the districts of Kurukshetra, Karnal and Jind and also announced grant of Rs 30 to Rs 40 crore for the rejuvenation of holy pilgrimages particularly the Sarovars. In the same series, I would soon visit five ponds being developed and rejuvenated by the Haryana Pond and Waste Water Management Authority, said the Chief Minister.

The Authority assured the Chief Minister that the problem of overflowing ponds in the State would be resolved within next eight months. The work to identify such ponds is in progress and it would be completed in one month time.

It was informed that the Command Area Development Authority (CADA) Haryana has taken up a pilot project for installation of solar powered micro irrigation infrastructure on 11 overflowing ponds of 11 villages of four districts costing over Rs 3.74 crore. After successful implementation of these 11 schemes, similar project would be replicated in the remaining identified overflowing ponds in the State. It was informed that there are about 3900 rural ponds to which water is being supplied through the canals. The number of such ponds would soon be increased to 4300. One model pond would be developed in each district of the State within next six months. With this, Haryana would be the first State in the country to have one model ponds in each district.

It was also informed that the work on preparing Pond Atlas is in progress and it would be completed within next three months. At present, details of 10,000 existing ponds have been collected jointly by departments of Irrigation and Water Resources and Development and Panchayats. After the completion of this work, Haryana would be the first state in the country to prepare a pond Atlas where the details about the ponds would be made available online. Executive Vice-Chairman of the Authority, Subhash Pandey thanked the Chief Minister for setting up Haryana Pond and Waste Water Management Authority for the management and rejuvenation of natural water resources in the State. He said that a target has been fixed to develop 200 new ponds in the State in the next three years.

Later, the Chief Minister also presided over the meeting regarding Ease of Doing Business. As a result of the hard work put in by all the Departments, intensive monitoring and support and guidance of Chief Minister, Manohar Lal, Haryana attained 3rd position which was 14 earlier in terms of Ease of Doing business in the country. Directions have been issued in the meeting to ensure hundred per cent compliance on Business Reform Action Point (BRAP) - 2018 by November 20 as Ease of Doing Business Rankings is expected to be out by March 2019. The BRAP 2018 reform points have already been conveyed to the concerned departments in the month of June this year.

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