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Centre Seeks the Status of Water Bodies in Gujarat

  • Gujarat, August 20, 2018: Union Water Resources and River Development has asked the Gujarat government to share the status of water bodies on Gujarat in the wake of rapidly dying lakes in the state.

    Union Water Resources and River Development Secretary, Shashi Shekhar has written to the state government seeking action in respect to encroachment, silting, drying up, and existing urbanisation pressure on lakes and various water bodies, also noting that a similar letter written in February 2016 hasn’t been responded to yet.

    In 2005, the Gujarat government had 44,138 lakes in the state. The number is almost two and a half times higher than what the government has claimed to desilt under the Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan.

    As per reports, out of the 1,939 lakes that fall in the urban area, 625 are within the urban limits of Vadodara. Out of these 38 lakes are completely silted, 26 have dried up, and 11 have been disappeared in the process of building roads.

    The situation is almost same in the other districts as well, with the rapid urbanisation and mismanagement of resources taking toll on the life of the lakes in the state.