Water being a State subject, steps for augmentation, conservation, and efficient management of water resources are primarily undertaken by the respective State Governments with the technical and financial assistance to them through various schemes and programmes of Central Government.
National Water Policy inter-alia envisages conservation, protection, and availability of water. Model Building Bye-Laws, 2016 and Central Ground Water Authority’s directions under Section 5 of “The Environment Protection Act, 1986 envisage mandatory rainwater harvesting.
Ministry of Jal Shakti has taken various steps for water conservation and harvesting of water with community participation through different schemes viz. Atal Bhujal Yojana, Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA), National Aquifer Mapping and Management (NAQUIM) Programme, National Perspective Plan, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), Command Area Development & Water Management (CADWM) Programme, monitoring of life storage of reservoirs, performance evaluation and water use efficiency studies of major and medium irrigation projects.
‘Catch the Rain’ & ‘SahiFasal’ campaigns, training, workshops, awards, seminars, water talks, exhibitions, fairs, competitions, webinars etc. for water conservation, water harvesting, water use efficiency and ground water management are also held with the active participation of government departments, agencies, panchayats, non-government organisations etc. Department of Rural Development is taking up water conservation works under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
At present, while there is no proposal for the construction of the dam in Pachnada Project, Government of Uttar Pradesh has informed that the Detailed Project Report of a Barrage Project at Pachnadahas been completed.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Jal Shakti & Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Rattan Lal Kataria in Lok Sabha on 12 February 2021.