Ministry of Water Resources

Artificial Recharge to Ground Water through Dugwell

Scheme on Artificial Recharge to Ground Water through dugwells in hard rock areas in seven States

Pursuant to the announcement made by Hon'ble Minister of Finance in his Budget Speech, 2007, a State Sector Scheme on “Artificial Recharge to Ground Water through dugwells” during XI Plan is under implementation in 1180 over-exploited, critical and semi-critical blocks in the seven States namely, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat & Madhya Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs. 1798.71 crores. Out of the total cost, the subsidy component will be Rs 1499.27 crores. The scheme aims to facilitate improvement in the ground water situation in the affected areas, increase the sustainability of wells during lean period, improv quality of ground water and community involvement in water resource management in the affected areas.

Salient features of the Scheme:


  • Total number of irrigation dug wells proposed for recharge is 4.45 million. Of which 2.72 million owned by small and marginal farmers and 1.73 million owned by other farmers. Average cost of recharge structure per well is Rs. 4000.
  • The beneficiaries would be farmers having own well in their agricultural land.
  • Provision has been made for 100% subsidy to small and marginal farmers and 50% subsidy to other farmers.
  • The funding of the scheme will be done by Ministry of Finance through NABARD.