DEHRADUN, Dec 26
Uttarakhand Forest Resource Management Project (UFRMP) – being implemented across 13 forest divisions in Uttarakhand – is laying special emphasis on water conservation. This was disclosed by Chief Project Director, Anup Malik at a Project review meeting chaired by Ranbeer Singh, Additional Chief Secretary.
Anup Malik shared the progress made under the various components of the Project over the last two years and informed that more than 3400 Ponds/Chal/Khal had been constructed across 400 Van Panchayats in Garhwal and Kumaon during 2017.
“The total capacity of these structures is to harvest approximately 722 lakh litres while under ongoing works, conservation and harvesting of additional 1260 lakh litres of water will be augmented under the project by June 2018,” he informed.
He also informed that based on emphasis laid by the Chief Minister, UFRMP had also made provisions to create one pond with 70,000 to 1 lakh litre capacity in 750 Van Panchayats by June 2018.
It was also informed that under this Project one model water conservation scheme would be created in each of the 13 divisions.
“It is expected that each of these model scheme would improve water availability to 4-5 Van Panchayats over the next 3 years,” Anup Malik told.
Progress of Eco-restoration and Nursery production works was also reviewed. A total of 37500 hectares of degraded forests area would be restored under the project. A total of 130 lakh seedlings would be raised and planted under the project, of which 33.95 lakh seedling have already been planted. It was told that at present about 44.64 lakh seedlings are available in different nurseries. A total of about 66800 mandays of work has been generated across 400 Van Panchayats under the project till November 2017.
UFRMP is being implemented by the Uttarakhand Forest Department with financial support from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). UFRMP has an outlay of Rs 807 Crores and the project activities would be taken up in 750 Van Panchayats across 13 Forest Divisions of the state.