For revival of publicly owned water bodies, a scheme for Repair, Renovation & Restoration of Water Bodies for XII Plan has been launched. It is envisaged to provide central assistance for restoration of about 10,000 water bodies with an earmarked outlay of Rs. 6235 crore, to restore an irrigation potential of 6.235 lakh hectares. The central assistance is provided in the form of grant, which is 90% of the project cost,in special category States (NE States, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Uttarakhand and undivided KBK districts of Odisha), projects lying in drought prone, tribal, desert prone areas, as well as left wing extremism affected areas and 25% of the project cost in the case of non-special category States/areas. No central assistance is provided to the States for creation of new ponds under RRR.
Ministry of Urban Development has issued an Advisory on conservation and restoration of water bodies in urban areas in August, 2013 wherein various steps have been suggested for water body conservation and restoration. In the Advisory, the States are advised to set up a “State Level Advisory Committee” for conservation and preservation of lakes/water bodies.
Many of water bodies have gone into disuse because of development of ground water irrigation systems, inadequate maintenance, encroachments and diversion of land for other purposes, etc.
This was stated by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.