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Census of water bodies underway in Bardez

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With an aim to have a data on all water bodies in the state, a census on minor irrigation schemes and census of water bodies is currently underway in the state. In Bardez taluka around 70% census has been completed and a detail report is expected to be submitted to the Planning, Statistics & Evaluation department by June mid week.

The Planning, Statistics and Evaluation department is carrying out its first survey to know the status of water bodies.

The census is currently undertaken by the panchayat and municipal staff in respective areas. The whole exercise is undertaken under the block development officer (BDO) wherein there is a team of supervisors and enumerators who have conducted field census of water bodies in the taluka.

In Bardez taluka the BDO has utilized the services of his staff in rural areas to undertake the survey and municipal staff in municipality areas. The enumerators have been given a prescribed form to collect all essential data of the water bodies.

The census is focusing on collecting important data like names of water bodies, its basin name, if any sub-basin. Even details of types of water bodies are being collected like whether it is a pond, tank, lake, reservoirs, water conservation schemes or percolation tanks, checks on dams or others.

Besides collection of data even the exact location in terms of latitude and longitude are being collected by the enumerators.

When contacted the block development officer for Bardez Krishnakant Pangam said, “We have completed around 70% of total census of minor irrigation scheme and census of water bodies in the taluka and currently we are in the process of capturing photographs of all water bodies. Once we complete this work we will compile the data and submit it to the Planning, Statistics and Evaluation department”.

Replying to a question about the delay, the BDO informed, “Initially there was a delay due to the election code. Now we have been provided with two smart phones which will be circulated to all the enumerators who would capture the photograph of all water bodies. We are confident by June mid week we will be able to compile the data and photos and submit a report”.

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