Jal Shakti Abhiyan

Inspired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s impetus on Jal Sanchay, the Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA) is a time-bound, mission-mode water conservation campaign.  The JSA will run in two Phases: Phase 1 from 1st July to 15th September 2019 for all States and Union Territories; and Phase 2 from 1st October to 30th November for States and UTs receiving the retreating monsoon (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu).  During the campaign, officers, groundwater experts and scientists from the Government of India will work together with State and district officials in India’s most water-stressed districts for water conservation and water resource management by focusing on accelerated implementation of five target intervention. The JSA aims at making water conservation a jan andolan through asset creation and communication campaign.

Water-Stressed Districts: Districts with critical or over-exploited groundwater level as per the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) 2017. For other districts, those with the least availability of groundwater in comparison to the rest of districts in the State, have been selected.

Intervention Areas

  • Water conservation and rainwater harvesting
  • Renovation of traditional and other water bodies/tanks
  • Recharge and Reuse Structures
  • Watershed  development
  • Intensive afforestation

Special Interventions

  1. Development of Block and District Water Conservation Plans (To be integrated with the District Irrigation Plans).
  2. Krishi Vigyan Kendra Melas to promote efficient water use for irrigation (Per Crop More Drop), and better choice of crops, for water conservation.
  3. In urban areas, plans/approvals with timebound targets to be developed for waste water reuse for horticulture and agriculture purposes. Municipalities to pass by-laws for the separation of grey water and blackwater
  4. Scientists and IITs will be mobilised at the national level to support the teams.
  5. 3D village contour maps may be created and made accessible for efficient planning of interventions.

Participating Ministries:

  • Ministry of Jal Shakti
  • Ministry of Rural Development
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare
  • Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs