Jal Dharo Jal Bharo Scheme
Jal Dharo Jal Bharo Scheme

Jal Dharo Jal Bharo Scheme

About Jal Dharo Jal Bharo Scheme

Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the “Jal Dharo Jal Bharo” campaign in the 2011-12 financial year. This project has two advantages. Supply of drinking water and irrigation water through the digging of tubewell and digging of ponds. Helping the rural people to make a living by digging ponds and canals through 100 days of work which is Called “Kormodhara prakalpa”

The purpose of the JDJB scheme is to conserve water through artificial reserve of groundwater through reservoirs such as tanks, ponds, reservoirs, canals, etc., and by collecting rainwater on the roof.

benefit and Objectives of this project

  • Establishment, operation, maintenance, and management of small-scale irrigation systems throughout the state to ensure irrigation to all marginal small and medium farmers in the state.
  • To help irrigate more areas of arid regions like Birbhum, Bankura, Purulia, Jhargram and West Midnapore by setting up small-scale irrigation projects under the Jaltirtha project, which will increase agricultural production.
  • Jaltirtha project will also be launched in the Sundarbans region of North and South 24Parganas to reduce the effect of saltwater there, rainwater will be used for cultivation. Apart from this, water pilgrimage projects will also be started in Darjeeling and Kalimpong in North Bengal in the coming days
  • Under 100 days of work, rainwater harvesting is done in all water bodies, and cultivation is done with it,
  • Implementation of RLI, construction of WHT, check dams, SFMIS, revitalization of SFMIS, and use of surface water for irrigation.
  • Create irrigation potential through Command Area Development and Water Management Program and reduce the gap between potential use of irrigation.
  • Appropriate use of surface water in compliance with the West Bengal Groundwater Resources (Management, Control and Regulation) Act, 2005.
  • In arid areas of the state and in some blocks, rainwater catchment will be piped underground where crop development is in crisis.
  • Installation and use of small irrigation projects such as sprinkler drip, hydromassage thereby increasing the proper use of water in agricultural production. In addition, under various projects in some districts, the setting up of various small solar-powered irrigation projects.


To date, about 3 lakh reservoirs and water retention structures have been excavated under the “Jal dhoro Jal bharo scheme” and this project is considered as a model to be emulated. In the financial year 2016, 2, 155 reservoirs and water retention structures have been constructed or renovated.

This highly successful project has also been implemented in several urban areas. The Department of Urban Development and Municipal Affairs has recently decided, and as announced by the Divisional Minister in the Legislative Assembly, 15 more municipalities will be included in the project within the next year.

How To Apply

If any person wants to cut the pond under this project and arrange for water, then the person has to submit a letter to the nearest regional office along with the documents of his land, the identity card, residency certificate, etc. and after the verification of the land then the person will be allowed by the government to cut the pond through 100 days of work.

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