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Union Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that his ministry can solve the water problem in some parts of the country.

“You all know that the Center has come up with the ‘Amrit Sarovar’ scheme. The Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways can do a great job in solving the water problem,” he said during the brainstorming program under the Bharatmala series in Bengaluru.

‘Mission Amrit Sarovar’ was launched on National Panchayati Raj Day on April 24, 2022, as a celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, with the aim of conserving water for the future.

The mission launched by the Ministry of Rural Development aims to develop and rejuvenate 75 water bodies in every district of the country. Ministers and officials from the Center and states are participating in the two-day event, the theme of which is ‘Idea to Action-Towards a Smart, Sustainable Road Infra, Mobility and Logistics Ecosystem’.

Gadkari said he hails from the Vidarbha region where thousands of farmers had committed suicide in the past few years. Gadkari said that one of the reasons for the agrarian crisis is water scarcity.

“There is water crisis at many places. There is no shortage of water, but water management (is an issue). We can use our highways to build lakes,” the minister said.

He said that soil is needed for the construction of highways, which can be acquired in such a way that new water bodies can be created.

Gadkari said that this would not only meet the need of road construction but would also provide new lakes in rural areas, which would ultimately lead to increase in the groundwater level.

He cited an example where a university got 36 lakes and 22 wells in the surrounding villages due to a project executed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

Gadkari said that such innovative measures would bring down the project cost and help many others.

He appealed to the ministers and officials of the Center and the states to work on reducing the project cost.

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Union Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that his ministry can solve the water problem in some parts of the country.

“You all know that the Center has come up with the ‘Amrit Sarovar’ scheme. The Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways can do a great job in solving the water problem,” he said during the brainstorming program under the Bharatmala series in Bengaluru.

‘Mission Amrit Sarovar’ was launched on National Panchayati Raj Day on April 24, 2022, as a celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, with the aim of conserving water for the future.

The mission launched by the Ministry of Rural Development aims to develop and rejuvenate 75 water bodies in every district of the country.

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