UP builds highest number of Amrit Sarovars

Uttar Pradesh has constructed largest number of lakes under the Indian Government’s ambitious Mission Amrit Sarovar.

Key facts

  • Uttar Pradesh has constructed 8,462 Amrit Sarovars (lakes) under the Modi Government’s ambitious Mission Amrit Sarovar, which aims to conserve water for the future generation.
  • The other top performers under this mission are Madhya Pradesh (1,668 lakes), Jammu and Kashmir (1,458 lakes), Rajasthan (898 lakes) and Tamil Nadu (818 lakes).
  • Within Uttar Pradesh, Lakhimpur Kheri was the top performer with the construction of 256 Amrit Sarovars.
  • This is followed by Pratapgarh (244 lakes) and Pratapgarh (231 lakes).
  • Currently, Uttar Pradesh is planning to construct 1.20 lakh Amrit Sarovars.
  • The state had developed 7,500 Amrit Sarovars as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
  • Under the first phase of Mission Amrit Sarovar, the UP Government sought to develop 75 Amrit Sarovars in 75 districts of the state under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
  • This goal was completed ahead of the schedule.
  • In the second phase, the government is planning to develop a minimum of 2 Amrit Sarovars in 58 gram panchayats, which is a total of about 1.20 lakh lakes.
  • The large-scale construction of Amrit Sarovars is providing jobs for a large section of the rural population in the state and increased their income as well.
  • It had minimised the irrigation issues faced by farmers in the state.
  • Currently, the fully completed Amrit Sarovars are being used by farmers for fish farming as an additional source of income.

Amrit Sarovar Mission

The Amrit Sarovar Mission was launched by the Indian Government on April 24, 2022 to promote water conservation by developing and rejuvenating water bodies in all districts across India. Under this initiative, 50,000 water bodies of the size of about an acre will be created. The overall mission is expected to be completed by August 15, 2023. Each of the Amrit Sarovar would be around 1 acre with 10,000 cubic meters of water capacity.

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