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Rejuvenation of 100 springs underway in 11 districts

Rejuvenation of 100 springs underway in 11 districts
Under the ‘spring rejuvenation initiative’, a total of approximately 50 hectares have been treated so far.
KOHIMA | Publish Date: 10/30/2020 12:32:45 PM IST

Land Resources and Rural Development Departments in collaboration with the North East Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA) and Tata Trusts have undertaken the ‘spring rejuvenation initiative’ aimed at reviving 100 springs in 11 districts across the state

A joint press statement by NEIDA project associate Avelu Chotso and director, Land Resources Department T.RenbenLotha, informed that springshed recharge activities have been initiated in phase 2 villages, while under phase 1, a total of 36 springshed recharge activities have been completed comprising digging of trenches and recharge ponds, construction of gabion structures and plantation activities along with regular rainfall and spring discharge data collection.
Plantations and construction of such structures minimize rainwater run -off so that groundwater can be recharged and at the soil moisture content is also increased at the same time. This measure  is also expected to control soil erosion.
Under the ‘spring rejuvenation initiative’, a total of approximately 50 hectares have been treated so far. Prior to this, a team led by para-hydrogeologist from the Land Resources Department along with the participating village communities and Rural Development Department officials carried out hydro-geological surveys in 100 villages to identify areas where rainwater percolates to recharge the spring aquifers.
The joint press statement observed that as Nagaland is a mountainous state, a majority of the population depend on springs for domestic as well as for irrigation purposes. Unfortunately, there have been reports of springs drying up in many parts of the state in the recent past. One of the key objectives of the partners under the multi-stakeholder initiative is to develop a spring rejuvenation model that can be scaled up across the state, the release added.

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