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Chhattisgarh govt constitutes ‘Narva Mission’ for smooth operation of works related to recharge of drainage channels

Raipur: In a bid to enable the smooth operation of Narva programmes in Chhattisgarh and to expedite the works related to the Narva development besides establishing harmony between the works carried out for Narva development by the Panchayat and Rural Development Department and the Climate Change Department, a seven-member Narva Mission was constituted under the chairmanship of the additional chief secretary of the forest and climate change department Subrat Sahoo.

Secretary of the Panchayat and Rural Development Department R. Prasanna, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief of Forest Forces Rakesh Chaturvedi, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Executive Officer CAMPA V. Shrinivas Rao, Additional Pricipal Chief Conservator of Forests (Joint Forest Management) Arun Kumar Pandey, Commissioner of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Mission Mohammad Abdul Kaiser Haq, Nodal Officer of Narwa-Garwa-Gurwa-Badi and Chhattisgarh Godhan Nyay Scheme Dr. Tamboli Aiyaaz Fakir Bhai, and Chief Engineer of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Mission Narayan Nimje will be the members of the Narva Mission.

The Narwa Programmes in the state are being conducted by the Panchayat and Rural Development Department and the Forest and Climate Change Department. The Narwa programme aims at recharging underground water by the supply of water from drainage channels so that they have an everlasting water supply through structures like small underground dykes.

This program will increase the irrigated areas in Chhattisgarh and water will be available for agriculture in most places. Water supply problems for release will also be remedied. Additionally, it will also promote biodiversity.

Under the Narwa Development Programme, 30,000 drainage channels in the state have been selected for recharging. Under the first phase, the repair of 9541 Narvas have been permitted. Under the Narva Development Programme, structures like Loose Boulder Check, Check dam, Gully Plug, Contour Trench, and Stop Dam are being constructed to keep away the rain water from flooding the drainage channels during the repairs. Now the repaired channels have water even during the summers. This has raised the availability of water for release, irrigation, and drinking water while also increasing the ground water level.

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