Source: The Hindu:-
The district administration has launched an ambitious project of cleaning and removing silt from the major tanks in Bidar district.
Officials have started the first phase of cleaning 36 of the 120 major tanks under the Department of Minor Irrigation and Zilla Panchayat. Of these, a survey of 13 tanks is complete.
The survey included the name of the tank and village, extent of the tank, and possibilities of encroachment by farming or buildings. We selected tanks that are clear of encroachments to start the work. The other 23 will be taken up from Monday. Work of cleaning and silt removal has begun in 11 tanks. Among the first tanks to be cleaned are in Solpur and Mannalli villages, officials said.
Silt from around the bund is being removed using earth movers. Farmers from nearby villages are allowed to take the silt to their fields. “We are not rationing it. We will let anyone take any amount. The only condition is that the farmer should bear the transport costs,” officials said.
Work has also begun in Ashtur, Malkapur, Kannalli, Markhal, Anadur and Vilaspur. Each tank has six personnel manning two earth movers and overseeing labourers.
“The project is being implemented in association with agencies like Reliance Foundation, water user societies and NGOs like Team Yuva,” Anurag Tewari, Deputy Commissioner, said.
Government agencies like urban local bodies, Nirmiti Kendra, Bidar Urban Development Authority and Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation will take up the civil work. Team Yuva will monitor the work and provide feed back to the government. Reliance Foundation will train members of water user societies to maintain the tanks and distribute water among themselves later.
The foundation has also come forward to desilt the Vilaspur tank, officials said.
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