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BHOPAL: Water Resources minister Tulsi Silawat has instructed officials to prepare a security audit report of all dams and water bodies in the state. He also instructed for recovery of dues towards water supply from civic bodies, panchayat and industries. The authorities have been asked to chalk out a detailed plan in this connection.

Silawat was addressing a review meeting of his department at Kerwan Dam guest house on Wednesday. The meeting discussed in detail the water level status of reservoirs and water bodies in Bhopal, Indore, Betul, Jabalpur, Rewa, Seoni and Gwalior divisions.

Meeting was apprised of the scanty rain in Bhopal and Indore divisions. Besides, the meeting was also informed that water bodies of other divisions are recharged with 82 per cent water while the department's 63 per cent water bodies were full up to full tank level.

Minister further instructed officials to continue field visits and maintain the inspection records. He instructed to put up a report of dams and other water bodies of Jabalpur divisions within three days.

Previous year, 29 lakh hectare agriculture fields was irrigated and this year this target is 32 lakh hectare in Madhya Pradesh and target of 51 lakh hectare for irrigation has been pegged for years to come. Minister said that Madhya Pradesh has been allocated Rs700 crore under the Prime Minister Irrigation Scheme. Sixty per cent of it will be given from the Central government and 40 per cent will be shared by the state government.

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