A review of phase 1 of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA) chaired by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha concluded that the drive led to 1.54 lakh water conservation and rainwater harvesting measures, 1.23 lakh watershed development projects, over 65,000 reuse and recharge structures and rejuvenation of 20,000 traditional water bodies. An official statement said that the month-long campaign to improve water security in the country has resulted in carrying out 3.5 lakh water conservation measures which saw an estimated 2.64 crore participating.
“JSA has definitely created a lot of buzz in the country, and it will do lot of good in the years to come. Our aim is to ensure the benefits reach the farmers at the ground-level,” P K Sinha said.
JSA has led to an increase in groundwater level, surface water storage capacity, soil moisture in farmlands and increased plant cover, according to Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary of the Department of Drinking Water.
JSA is a collaboration of various Centre and State Ministries and is mainly a Jal Sanchay movement, which has gained impetus in one month. About 4.25 crore saplings were also planted as part of the campaign.
At the review meeting various NGOs made presentations about implementing successful interventions, innovations and strategies about water conservation.