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Risk of floods increased due to extremely heavy rainfall in a short period

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Ground Report | New Delhi: Risk of floods increased; During the last 3 years, apart from the existing flood-prone states of Assam, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh, the states witnessed extreme floods with water levels above the last year’s highest flood level. Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat told in Rajya Sabha today that Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan are at increased risk of floods due to extremely heavy rainfall in these states. Is.

Shekhawat said that the Central Water Commission maintains the flood damage data of the country and as per the flood loss data compiled by CWC, the maximum losses due to floods during 2017 to 2019 are Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, It has happened in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, and Karnataka.

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Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat denied in the Rajya Sabha that the funds allocated for the National Ganga Plan and Ghat work under the Namami Gange program were being continuously under-utilized. 

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Shekhawat told Parliament that during the financial year 2015-16 to 2020-21, the Government of India has released Rs 4,631.40 crore under National Ganga Plan (NGP) and Rs 217.00 crore under Ghat construction, out of which Rs 4,609.44 crore and Rs 231.44 crore have been released. Rs. has been disbursed to the respective States/UTs under NGP and Ghat Nirman component respectively.

Under Namami Gange, the total funds released by the Government of India to all four heads of accounts – Externally Aided Projects (EAP), Non-EAP, NGP, and Ghat Works is Rs 10,792.02 crore, of which the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has contributed Rs. 10,248.46 crore has been utilized.

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