Uttar Pradesh recently witnessed the inauguration of the country’s first Amrit Sarovar. The pond aims at preserving groundwater and promoting tourism and was reportedly built at INR 60 lakh. By Eshita Srinivas
Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi recently took to Twitter to announce that the first Amrit Sarovar had opened in Patwai, Rampur. This is said to be the first step of the proposed plan of setting up 75 ponds in each district of the country and cost about INR 60 lakh to construct. The project is said to promote water conservation, particularly groundwater preservation, while drawing tourists. The government will ensure green cover around the water body, and the forest and horticulture departments will work in tandem with the Jal Shakti Ministry to ensure smooth operations of the project.
Amrit Sarovar in Uttar Pradesh will offer visitors boating and entertainment services
This #AmritSarovar in Patwai, Rampur will not only help in protecting the environment, conserving water; it will also be an attraction for people of nearby areas. Along with various entertainment facilities, boating is also available in this “Amrit Sarovar”. @PMOIndia @CMOfficeUP pic.twitter.com/iden4G42jJ
— Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (@naqvimukhtar) May 13, 2022
Naqvi inaugurated the pond with Jal Shakti Minister Swatantra Dev Singh late last week, crediting the effort of locals and the gram panchayat as well as the district administration towards the project. Prime Minister Modi, meanwhile, was quoted in a news report by The Mint as saying, “With a lot of hard work, with the help of local people, the help of local school children, that dirty pond has been transformed in the last few weeks.” He further added, “Now, many arrangements have been made on the banks of that lake like a retaining wall, boundary wall, food court, fountains and lighting. I congratulate the Patwai Gram Panchayat of Rampur, the people of the village, and the children there for this effort.”
Further to the clarion call of Hon PM Shri @narendramodi ji to build 50,000 Amrit Sarovars across India and 75 in each District by 15th August, 2023, the first such #AmritSarovar was inaugurated today at Patwai, Rampur in Uttar Pradesh.#AmritMahotsav pic.twitter.com/yuSTY8rPkN
— G Kishan Reddy (@kishanreddybjp) May 13, 2022
Naqvi stated that such developments were key to promoting tourism and conserving water. “In the coming years, there will be no shortage of water in the state. The government is making arrangements for continuous availability of water,” he said, as per a news report by the Financial Express. Besides this, he revealed that a host of entertainment services and boating experiences would be offered to visitors, in turn promoting tourism. However, the specifics of the same have not been disclosed as of yet.
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As per a report by News18, Modi had earlier specified that the Amrit Sarovar Abhiyan aims to set up 50,000 such ponds across India by August 15, 2023, with 75 in each district. “Those states, which may find it difficult to adhere to the above timeline on account of early rains or other such factors, e.g. the states in the North-East, may seek permission for following a different timeline. In any case, all such Amrit Sarovars should be completed by the end of Amrit Varsh i.e. 15th August 2023,” the guidelines for the project state.
Featured and hero image: Courtesy Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi