All such ponds in the State which are in the revenue records would be rejuvenated:Manohar Lal.

Chandigarh December 6: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal said that all such ponds in the State which are in the revenue records would be rejuvenated. He directed that in the first phase, about 200 ponds in those villages which are included in the Mahagram Yojana and ponds of having religious and historical significance be taken up on priority basis. About 16,000 ponds in the State are to be rejuvenated out of which 1800 ponds would be developed in the first phase in a year’s time.

This decision was taken in the meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal here.

Mr Manohar Lal said that the primarily, the State Government aims to ensure drinking water supply in the households through taps and also to purify the water used in the household kitchens by pouring into the ponds so that the same could be utilized by cattle for drinking purpose. He said that thereafter, the remaining water would be utilized for irrigating crops through micro irrigation. He directed the officers to identify agriculture fields for discharging water of big ponds.

It was informed in the meeting that as per the survey conducted by the officers of District Pond Management, 600 ponds on the basis of 38 parameters in urban areas and 15,946 ponds on the basis of 44 parameters in rural areas have been identified for rejuvenation. An action plan has been prepared for this purpose as per which about 16,000 ponds would be rejuvenated in coming 10 years. Haryana Pond and Waste Water Management Authority, Urban Local Bodies, Irrigation and Development and Panchayats Department would work jointly for the improvement of such ponds.

Among those present in the meeting included Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr V. Umashankar, Additional Chief Secretary Irrigation and Water Resources Department Mr Devender Singh, Principal Secretary Development and Panchayats Department Mr Sudhir Rajpal, Deputy Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mrs Ashima Brar and other senior officers of the State Government.

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Under the “Chatra Parivahan Suraksha Yojana” women-special buses would be started on pilot basis in five districts namely Ambala, Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Karnal and Kurukshetra:Manohar Lal .

Chandigarh December 6: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal said that under the “Chatra Parivahan Suraksha Yojana” women-special buses would be started on pilot basis in five districts namely Ambala, Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Karnal and Kurukshetra.

Mr Manohar Lal was reviewing the progress of “Chatra Parivahan Suraksha Yojana” here. Senior officers of Education and Transport Departments were also present in the meeting.

The Chief Minister said that these special buses are being started keeping in view the security of girl’s students. He said that women police constable would also be deputed in each such bus so as to keep a vigil on the anti-social elements. Initially, educational institutions of Higher Education would be included for to and fro facility for the girl’s students and later on other educational institutions would also be included under this scheme. He directed the officers to prepare the routes of buses in such a manner that the time and buses both could be effectively utilized.

He directed the officers of Education Department that while preparing route in each district, a senior officer be appointed as Nodal Officer who would coordinate with the officers of Transport Department for preparing better routes for these buses. He said that places where big buses are not required, girl’s students should be provided transport facility by using small vehicles.

He directed the officers concerned to maintain proper coordination for the success of the scheme and also to further expand its scope so that the girl’s students do not face any difficulty in pursuing their studies. It was informed that at present, only girl’s students of colleges are being included under this scheme but later on, students of other institutes of higher education would also be included.

Among those present in the meeting included Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr V. Umashankar, Deputy Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mrs Ashima Brar, Additional Chief Secretary Transport Mr S.N Roy, Principal Secretary Higher Education Mr Ankur Gupta, Principal Secretary School Education Mr Mahavir Singh, Director Higher Education Mr A Sreenivas and senior officers of Transport and Education Department.