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Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY)

Implemented by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation it aims at tackling ever-deepening crisis of depleting groundwater level. It is designed as a Central Sector Scheme with a total outlay of Rs. 6,000 Crore and is proposed to be implemented with World Bank assistance.

Scheme: The scheme is to be implemented over a period of five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23, with World Bank assistance.

The objective of scheme is to recharge ground water and create sufficient water storage for agricultural purposes.

  1. It also focuses on revival of surface water bodies so that groundwater level can be increased, especially in the rural areas.
  2. The scheme is launched in 7 water-stressed states: Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
  3. These States represent about 25% of the total number of over-exploited, critical and semi-critical blocks in terms of ground water in India.
  4. They also cover two major types of groundwater systems found in India – alluvial and hard rock aquifers- and have varying degrees of institutional readiness and experience in groundwater management.

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