A total of 30,000 wells in the district would be recharged through a special groundwater augmentation scheme funded by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.
Already the State government has identified six panchayat unions as over exploited regions and two in critical in the district, according to Collector S.J. Chiru.
Delivering a special address at a seminar on ‘Recharging of wells and ground water augmentation scheme’ held at the collectorate here on Wednesday evening, he said that the main objective of the scheme was to recharge existing dug wells using rainfall from agricultural fields to improve groundwater table in affected areas.
All the 232 unions in the State have been divided into semi-critical, critical and over-exploited zones. Over, 12.50 lakh persons would be benefited through this scheme. The government would offer Rs.4,000 as subsidy for recharging every well on a small farmer’s land. There would be no cap on the number of wells. Farmers having two hectares or less than that could avail cent per cent subsidy for each well and others who have more than two hectares would get 50 per cent subsidy.