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Punjab Bags National Water Mission Award For Utilisation Of Treated For Irrigation

12 Kms Of Underground Pipeline From Sewerage Treatment Plant Phagwara Catering Irrigation Needs For 1050 Acres Comprising 260 Farmer Households-Dharminder Sharma

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New Delhi/ Chandigarh , 25 Sep 2019

The Soil and Water Conservation Department Punjab on Wednesday bagged prestigious National Water Mission Award for efficient utilization of treated waste water for  irrigation purposes from Sewerage Treatment Plant, Phagwara in Kapurthala district.The award ceremony was held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi during ongoing 6th  India Water Week-2019, which was inaugurated by the President Ram Nath Kovind on September 24.The Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekawat and  Minister of State for Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria accompanied by Union Secretary Water Resources U.P. Singh presented the award, which was received by Chief  Conservator of Soils Dharminder Sharma on behalf of the State Government.   Of the total 23 awards announced by the National Water Mission across the country, the  State’s Soil and Water Conservation Department has clinched this prestigious award under the category “Promotion of citizen and state action for water conservation,  augmentation and preservation”.Briefing about the project after receiving the award, the Chief Conservator of Soils Dharminder Sharma informed that the project was  completed during 2017 and approx 12 kms of underground pipeline network had been laid for conveyance of treated water from Phagwara STP, which has a discharge of  28 MLD and area of 1050 acres comprising 260 farmer households is being irrigated with treated water. Due to unavailability of any surface water source, the area was  entirely dependent on ground water for meeting irrigation water needs due to which ground water table has deteriorated considerably, said he adding that the project had  vastly reduced dependence on ground water besides the fact that treated water from STP was made available throughout the year irrespective of climatic variability.  The Chief Conservator of Soils also pointed out that that Punjab was the pioneering state for such projects, which had huge potential of utilizing 1700 MLD of waste  water as an alternate irrigation source to benefit around 60,000 hectares after treating the same in various STPs of cities & towns. In this direction, an irrigation  infrastructure has already been installed at 40 locations for use of 280 MLD of treated water of STPs to irrigate 8500 hectares. The State Government has recently  approved a new project for creation of similar irrigation infrastructure around 25 towns.Pertinently, the Water Mission (NWM) is one of the 8 missions under National  Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). The main objective of NWM is “Conservation of water, minimizing wastage and ensuring its more equitable distribution both  across and within states through integrated water resources development and management”.


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