Amrit Sarovar construction - U.P. builds most in country, Lakhimpur Kheri most in state: Govt

Published on Sep 13, 2022 12:39 AM IST

‘8,462 Amrit Sarovars developed in state under Mission Amrit Sarovar: twice the number in MP, J&K, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu’

An Amrit Sarovar in Gonda (Sourced)
An Amrit Sarovar in Gonda (Sourced)
By, Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh has topped the states in the country with the construction of 8,462 Amrit Sarovars (lakes), while implementing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Mission Amrit Sarovar, aimed at conserving water for the future. Madhya Pradesh is ranked second, Jammu and Kashmir third, Rajasthan fourth and Tamil Nadu fifth in the mission implementation, a UP government statement read.

Within Uttar Pradesh, Lakhimpur Kheri has secured the first position by constructing 256 Amrit Sarovars, while Gorakhpur and Pratapgarh have got second and third positions, with 244 and 231 lakes, respectively.

The director of rural development department GS Priyadarshi, as quoted in the statement, said that on the instructions of chief minister Yogi Adityanath, 15,497 Amrit Sarovars were identified in different village panchayats of which 8,462 have already been developed, which is almost twice the total number of Amrit Sarovars developed collectively in MP, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

According to Priyadarshi, in Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, 1,668, 1,458, 898 and 818 Amrit Sarovars have been developed so far. Besides, construction of 3,705 Amrit Sarovars is underway in MP, 406 in Jammu and Kashmir, 2,385 in Rajasthan and 763 in Tamil Nadu. Altogether 15,497 Amrit Sarovars in Uttar Pradesh, 5,994 in MP, 3,699 in Jammu and Kashmir, 5,097 in Rajasthan and 3,765 in Tamil Nadu have been identified for development under the mission.

UP to have 1.20 lakh Amrit Sarovars:

Uttar Pradesh is the only state in the country where the development work of Amrit Sarovars, is going on a war footing. In all 1.20 lakh Amrit Sarovars will be developed in the state, which is the most in the country. In Lakhimpur Kheri, work on 256 Amrit Sarovars out of 315 has been completed whereas construction of 25 is underway. Similarly, the construction of 244 out of 312 Amrit Sarovars has been completed in Gorakhpur while work is going on 18. Moreover, the construction of 231 lakes out of 282 has been completed in Pratapgarh and work is underway on the rest.

7,500 Amrit Sarovars developed under Amrit Mahotsav of Independence:

Priyadarshi said that in the first phase of the mission, under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, a target was set to develop 75 Amrit Sarovars in 75 districts of the state, which was completed ahead of schedule. The Yogi Government also seeks to develop at least 2 Amrit Sarovars in 58 gram panchayats (approximately 1.20 lakh) in the second phase. The government has developed 7,500 Amrit Sarovars under the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsava. The government said that the large-scale construction of Amrit Sarovars is also providing employment to a sizeable section of the rural population in Uttar Pradesh. It has solved the irrigation problem of farmers and also increased their income. Apart from this, villagers are increasing their income by doing fish farming in Amrit Sarovar.

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