There was a time when Rajasthan was counted as one of the water-scarce states in our country. Unavailability of sufficient water for drinking and irrigation purposes was a major issue hampering the state’s growth.
With an objective to make every part of Rajasthan water self-reliant, State Government launched its ambitious scheme – Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan in the year 2016. The project aims at benefiting 21,000 villages by 2020 by using the Four Waters concept. In every phase of the project, Government targets some villages and does every possible effort to make them water-efficient. This includes construction of water harvesting structures like anicuts, percolation tanks, earthen check dams etc.
The first phase of the campaign was successful in making 3529 villages self-reliant. 94,000 water reservoirs were constructed, with the total expense of 1,192 crores. Following the successful steps of Phase first, the second phase of MJSA provided a permanent solution to water scarcity in 4200 villages and created more than 1 lac water structures.
The project is not just limited to the construction of water structures. Along with Water Revolution, it has also given birth to the state’s Green Revolution. People are inspired to plant more and more trees through various campaigns and promotion through social media as well.
Dravyavati River Project – The Dream Project
This is the dream project of our Hon’ble Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje. It aims at reviving and beautifying the Dravyavati River. More than 16,000 trees will be planted under this project and seamless water supply will be ensured through the waters of the Dravyavati River. The Dravyavati Riverbank will soon become a lure to the people seeking solitude or refreshment in the city.
The grand success of the project is a result of the combined efforts of the State Government and its residents. Through MJSA, Rajasthan has emerged as a model state in the country in the field of Water Conservation.