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Bihar is going to become the first state in the country to publish water bodies as gazetteers. According to the Chief Secretary of Revenue and Land Reforms Department, Vivek Kumar Singh, After America, India is going to be the second country in the world to publish an Atlas of water bodies. Under the Jal Jeevan Hariyali Abhiyan, the Revenue and Land Reforms Department will publish a 250-page Gazetteer cum Atlas of Water Bodies of Bihar by April this year.
In this 250-page atlas, the rivers, ponds and canals in all the districts of the state will be shown on the map at the village and block level. In this Gazetteer cum Atlas, more than 50 thousand rivers, ponds and canals of the state will be known, while there will be about 100 color maps.
As a prototype model, an Atlas of water bodies of Darbhanga district is being prepared and if it is successful then for all the other districts the Atlas will be made on basis of Darbhanga’s Atlas model. The Department of Revenue and Land Reforms will send the maps to the Government of India within a week for verification of the districts having international borders like Champaran, Madhubani etc. Chief Secretary of Revenue and Land Reforms Department, Vivek Kumar Singh says that with the help of this atlas, public and private ponds can be identified separately. Apart from this, with the help of this atlas, the area and distance between villages and panchayats can also be measured.
Various government departments of the state such as irrigation, rural development, agriculture, disaster etc. will all get help with this atlas.