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.