Nashik : The state government has undertaken a drive to desilt dams in state to increase their storage capacity. The silt which will be removed from the dams will be used for farmfields. Under this drive, small irrigation ponds, storage ponds, village ponds and percolation ponds in the district will be desilted. The drive will be inaugurated in presence of State Water Conservation Minister Ram Shinde on Saturday at Malegaon and Chandwad talukas.
The drive will be conducted in 116 villages under ZP small irrigation department in the district. The department has decided to remove 4.39 lakh cubic metre silt. 1.5 lakh litres of diesel will be required for this and cost of Rs. 1 crore for this has been proposed.
Local farmers will get silt free and they have to carry it to their farmfields by their vehicles. Machineries and cost of fuel will be made available through CSR activity and government. Farmers will get silt free, but they have to table applications with tehsildar.
41,803 TCS water was stored after water resources in 229 villages were desilted during the drive which was conducted in 2015-16. 8.18 lakh cubic metre silt was removed during the drive which was conducted at 218 villages in 2016-17. 16,220 TCS water was stored after this. 200 villages have been selected this time under Jalyukt Abhiyan.