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CGWB and CSIR-NGRI sign MoA for High-Resolution Aquifer Mapping & Management

A Memorandum of Agreement, MoA was signed today between Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Jal Shakti and CSIR-NGRI, Hyderabad for use of advanced heliborne geophysical survey and other scientific studies in parts of the States of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana under the Aquifer Mapping Programme.

The MoA was signed by Chairman, CGWB and Director, CSIR-NGRI in the presence of Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Sekhawat and Science and Technology Minister Dr. Harshvardhan in New Delhi.

Under phase- I of the project, an area of nearly 1 lakh sq km spreading over nearly 65,500 sq km of western arid Rajasthan covering parts of Bikaner, Churu, Ganaga Nagar, Jalor, Pali, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Sikar districts, 32 thousand Sq. Km arid parts of Gujarat covering Rajkot, Jamnagar, Morbi, Surendranagar and Devbhumi Dwarka districts and nearly 2500 sq km of Haryana covering Kurukshetra and Yamuna Nagar districts would be covered at an estimated cost of Rs 54 Crore.

This is the first time the Ministry of Jal Shakti has decided to use the State of the art technology for identification of aquifers in such a large arid or semi-arid area of the country.

 

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