Madhya Pradesh bags national award for innovations in watershed programme
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has been selected for national award
in the category of best practices in the remote sensing plan while lauding
innovations being adopted for result-oriented implementation of integrated
watershed area management programme.
The award will be conferred to the state by Union ministry of
rural development at a function in New Delhi on February 19, 2015 by union
minister for panchayats and rural development Virendra Singh Choudhary.
Watershed projects in the state, funded by land resources
department of Union rural development ministry, are being implemented under
integrated watershed area management programme. The main objective of the
project is conservation and augmentation of water as well as soil in areas of
rain-fed agriculture so that increase in agriculture production and sustainable
rural livelihoods can be ensured. Under the programme, Rs 3522 crore projects
are under implementation in 29.35 lakh hectare area in the state at present.
Planned efforts are being made for effective implementation
of watershed project in the state. Under it, a fulltime watershed development
team has been constituted while voluntary organisations and corporate sector
have been involved in it.
For remote sensing-based planning under watershed programme,
cartosat-1 satellite’s high-resolution panchromatic data, lis-4’s
high-resolution panchromatic data and geo-reference khasra maps have been used.
Using this digital data, maps of 1:10000 scale, micro watershed boundary,
drainage, khasra and contour maps have been prepared. Besides, satellite
imagery with natural colours has also been created. Plans have been given to
field teams for various watershed development works like gullyplug, gobian,
check-dam, stop-dam, lake, farm pond, contour trench, field bund, plantation
and meadow development by selecting suitable places using these maps. Village-wise
final action plans have been chalked out on the basis of net planning.