Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the state government has made a provision for projects worth Rs.800 crore for rejuvenation of Saraswati river.
Khattar was speaking virtually from Chandigarh as chief guest while addressing the 5th international conference on the topic, “Saraswati River - New Possibility and its Heritage,” held under International Saraswati Mahotsava 2021 at Vidya Bharti Sanskriti Sikshan Sansthan in Kurukshetra on Monday.
“A budget of Rs.800 crore has been provided by the government for the construction of dam, barrage and Saraswati sarovar (reservoir) at this site. Under this project, water will be managed on about 894 hectares of land affected by floodwater during the rainy season. Not only this, the work of connecting the holy river Saraswati with the river Markanda has also been started,” he said.
According to Khattar, there are five agreements for the project. “The 23 channels attached to this river are also known as Saraswati. This river is also given importance as a pilgrimage site and this scheme will promote tourism and get rid of the problem of dark zones. Young scholars are also looking forward to this project,” he said.
Expressing gratitude to the guests, Dhumman Singh Kiramch, vice-president, Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board, said, “Scientists from 7 countries, including USA and Europe and more than1 lakh people have joined this seminar online.”