Shimla, June 09: The involvement of Panchayati Raj institutions and non-governmental organisations in watershed development projects has started yielding desired results and
96,870 hectare area has been treated and developed, an official release said here today.
Thirty-six watershed projects were being implemented in Himachal Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs 223.38 crore and 3.67 lakh hectares of land targeted to be treated, it said.
As many as 717 watersheds and about 500 micro watersheds had been taken up for development under these projects to be taken up as Integrated Watershed Development Programme (IWDP), Desert Development Programme (DDP) and Drought Prone Area
Development Programme (DPADP).
The IWDP were being implemented in nine out of twelve districts of the state and at present 23 projects costing Rs 121.88 crore were under implementation.
These projects included treatment of 2,32,387 hectares of land in 365 watersheds. Five such projects in Chamba, Hamirpur Kangra, Sirmaur and Solan districts have been implemented and 21.935 hectares of land treated.