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New Delhi, March 21 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the “Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain” campaign on World Water Day Monday via video conference.

On this occasion, a memorandum of understanding will also be signed between the Union Minister of Jal Shakti and the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh to implement the Ken Betwa Link project, the first project of the national perspective plan for the interconnection of rivers.

The campaign will run the length and breadth of the country, in rural and urban areas, with the theme “Catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls”. It will be implemented from Monday to November 30 of this year – the pre-monsoon and monsoon period in the country. Prime Minister Modi also referred to the campaign in his last “ Mann Ki Baat ” radio speech.

He will be launched as Jan Andolan to take water conservation to the grassroots level through people’s participation. It aims to encourage all stakeholders to create rainwater collection structures adapted to climatic conditions and subsoil strata, in order to ensure adequate storage of rainwater.

After the event, Gram Sabhas will be held in all Gram Panchayats in each district (except in states linked to the poll) to discuss issues related to water and water conservation. Gram Sabhas will also take “Jal Shapath” for water conservation.

The MoU for the Ken Betwa Link project will mark the start of interstate cooperation to implement the vision of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to transport water from areas with surplus water to areas prone to drought and water deficit, thanks to the interconnection of rivers.

This project involves the transfer of water from the Ken River to the Betwa River through the construction of the Daudhan Dam and a canal connecting the two rivers, the Lower Orr Project, the Kotha Dam and the Bina Complex Multi-Purpose Project. It will provide annual irrigation of 10.62 lakh ha, drinking water supply at around 62 lakh and also generate 103 MW of hydropower, according to an official statement released on Sunday.

The project will be of immense benefit to the water-poor Bundelkhand region, especially for Panna, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, Sagar, Damoh, Datia, Vidisha, Shivpuri and Raisen districts of Madhya Pradesh and Banda, Mahoba , Jhansi and Lalitpur from Uttar. Pradesh. This will pave the way for greater interconnection of river projects to ensure that water scarcity does not become a drag on the country’s development, he said.

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