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Country's first Amrit Sarovar inaugurated in UP

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    23rd May, 2022


The country's first "Amrit Sarovar" has been inaugurated at Patwai in Rampur in Uttar Pradesh.


About India’s first 'Amrit Sarovar':

  • Amrit Sarovarin Rampur is basically one of 789 ponds which the Uttar Pradesh government will develop.
  • Cost: Nearly INR 60 lakh were spent in the creation of this water body.
  • Amrit Sarovars have the potential to play an important role in increasing the availability of water, both on surface and under-ground.

Water crisis

  • In rural India, 80 to 90% of drinking water needs are fulfilled by groundwater resources.
  • The groundwater levels declined by over 60% between 2007 and 2017, and of the extracted water, almost 90% is used in agriculture.
  • According to a report by the Central Pollution Control Board, cities are home to 36% of India’s population but account for 70% of water pollution.

Mission Amrit Sarovar

  • The Government launched the Mission Amrit Sarovar in April 2022 to conserve water for the future.
  • Objective: Objective of Mission Amrit Sarovar is “construction/development of at least 75 Amrit Sarovar (ponds) in every district of the country”.
  • Each Amrit Sarovar will have pondage area of minimum of 1 acre (0.4 hectare) with water holding capacity of about 10,000 cubic meter.
  • Participating agencies: Following Ministries and Organizations have agreed to participate:
    1. Ministry of Rural Development (Dept. of Rural Development/ Dept. of Land Resources)
    2. Ministry of Jal Shakti (Dept. of Water Resources/ Dept. of Drinking Water & Sanitation)
    3. Ministry of Culture
    4. Ministry of Panchayati Raj
    5. Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change
    6. Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG-N)
  • The Mission Amrit Sarovar is to be completed by 15th August 2023. 

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