All Happy To Make Dams, None Interested In Watering Farms: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi:  From ministers to bureaucrats, everyone is “very happy” to construct large dams but few are interested in ensuring that water reaches farms, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday as he pitched for focusing on increased irrigation.

Mr Gadkari suggested that instead of going in for large dams, the possibility of building check dams, rubber dams and small barrages should be explored, an official statement said.

He also called upon experts to deliberate on these issues and to do away with dated technologies and concepts.

The Water Resources Minister added that he was not against dams, but was for a 100 per cent utilisation of water to increase agricultural productivity.

He said there was a need to develop command areas to ensure that water reaches farms. Command area development (CAD) involves on-farm improvement activities such as the construction of field drains and channels and scientific management of water to ensure an increase in…

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