Environment Ministry Releases Blueprint for Water and Fodder Augmentation

Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar launches the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) on Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Survey of water and fodder augmentation in forest areas of 10 states, in New Delhi on 25 June, 2021. Environment Secretary Shri R.P. Gupta is also seen.

The LiDAR based survey of forest areas in ten states viz., Assam, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Goa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Nagaland, and Tripura has been completed by WAPCOS, a PSU under the aegis of Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India. The LiDAR based DPR is expected to help augment water and fodder in jungles areas thereby reducing human-animal conflict, help in groundwater recharge and help the local communities.

WAPCOS, with participation of State Forest Departments, identified one major ridge inside a forest block in these states with average area of 10,000 ha selected in each state for preparation of Detailed Project Reports for planning and identifying locations and structures for construction of appropriate and feasible micro soil and water conservation structures consistent with site specific geography, topography and soil characteristics.

The Minister advised State Forest Departments to use CAMPA funds towards implementation of these projects in right earnest and in accordance with the ‘Ridge to Valley’ approach of watershed management. The project was awarded to WAPCOS in July 2020 at a cost of Rs.18.38 crore for implementation in 26 states in over 2,61,897 hectare. The DPRs for remaining 16 states will also be released shortly.

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