Athikadavu Avinashi Scheme

Regarded as the Petroleum of the 21st century, water has proved to be a major concern all around the world in the last couple of years. With countries like South Africa publicly declaring that they were once out of water rang warning bells to countries all around the world that if you never paid attention to save water, now is the time to do so; or else, suffer the consequences.

This warning has resonated not only with national governments but even state governments in India, like the Tamil Nadu government which has started the Athikadavu Avinashi scheme – a scheme that concerns itself with raising the groundwater recharge and drinking water supply.

In order to implement the scheme, understanding the severity of the crisis, the state government has allocated ₹500 crores. The environmental clearance for the scheme was passed on 19th December 2019.

The main objective of the scheme is to replenish and raise groundwater levels.

About the Athikadavu Avinashi scheme

The Athikadavu Avinashi scheme aims to ensure that households get access to fresh drinking water all across the state. The main aim of the scheme is to provide piped water supply to each family across the state of Tamil Nadu state.

There will be pipelines laid down for 1058 km and 6 pump houses would be constructed.

A total of 1048 water bodies are known to benefit from the Athikadavu Avinashi scheme and provide irrigation facilities to the people. This irrigation would be provided to 24,000+ acres in drought-prone areas of the state, and even in areas that have depleted groundwater reserves like Erode, Tirupur, and Coimbatore districts.

Implementation of the Athikadavu Avinashi scheme

There will be check dams built between ponds and tanks for water conservation and percolation. This process, in the long run, would offer a real-time solution to the water crisis in the state.

There is also a phase-2 of the scheme as proposed by the Tamil Nadu government to meet the needs of areas that have been left out of the Athikadavu Avinashi scheme. The Tamil Nadu government is also working towards the rehabilitation of the Noyyal River basin.

Summing it up

The state government has, over the span of the last two years, showing keen interest in the revival of water bodies and enabling poor farmers to have fertile lands for agriculture. The water crisis is something that is increasingly prevalent across the world now, and if evasive measures are not taken earlier, it might just be too late.

The global climate crisis is real, and things are changing for the worse. It is in the hands of governments to take active measures towards the protection of the environment because the current economy-oriented mindsets prevail, there might just be no environment left to preserve.

The Athikadavu Avinashi scheme is a great way to move forwards, and based on its implementation success, other state governments can perhaps take a hint and work towards a unified goal – preserving water and making sure we have enough water to last for several generations ahead of us.

Similar Yojanas

Schemes launched by the state government

The state governments of India are the next important government bodies right after the central government of the country. The state governments constitute 28 states and 8 union territories

India is a democratic and republic country wherein highest authorities and powers are proffered to the central government. For the state government, real executive powers are given to Chief Minister as he is responsible for heading the Council of Ministers. The state governments of India work toward internal security, such as police department, social welfare, public health betterment and other similar state-related issues. The state government of the country earns its employee income from sales tax services, stamp duty services, and from some parts of GST.

The state governments have launched a variety of schemes so far. Some of the examples are as follows:

In Andhra Pradesh, Chandranna Bima Yojana, National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Program, and Smart Pulse Survey have been launched. In Assam, Mass Rapid Transit System has been recently launched. In Maharashtra, Police Pratisaad Ask services and various schemes for the betterment of farmers have been launched. In Karnataka, PM Santwana Harish Yojana, and Housing scheme for Transgenders have been launched. In Uttar Pradesh, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana, Hausla Paushan scheme, and Swadhar Greh yojana have been launched.

The state government of India monitors both rural and urban development. However, it is not feasible for the state government to monitor all rural and urban local government bodies. Thus, based on the provided funding and coverage, rural and urban local entities create development plan whenever required. These government entities work in close association with planning commission and local or regional government sectors and authorities.

Apart from these schemes, the state government also ensures the effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in respective states.