Chandigarh: Haryana has taken initiative to take further the Jal Shakti vision of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and in this series, it has been decided to launch Special Water Conservation Campaign in 81 Dark Zone blocks of the 19 districts of the state from July 1 to September 15, 2019, which will be run later in the entire state.This information was given in the meeting of State Level Monitoring Committee constituted for Jal Shakti campaign under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Keshni Anand Arora, here on Tuesday. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Keshni Anand Arora said under the flagship scheme of the Government of India, Jal Shakti Abhiyan, rainwater will be collected and recharging of ground water will be done. Apart from this, water will also be conserved by installing digital water meters. She said in order to make the campaign successful in the state, there is a need for quick planning and speedy implementation for which various sub-committees have been constituted. She said that a sub-committee has been constituted under Principal Secretary, Irrigation Department for water conservation and storage of rainwater, and renewal of traditional and other water bodies/tanks, and block and district water conservation scheme. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAnother sub-committee has been constituted under Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department for re-use and borwell recharge structure and a sub-committee for intensive forestation under Principal Secretary, Forests Department. Arora said that plantation is also an important goal under the Jal Shakt Campaign, which would have to be completed soon. She directed the officers to promote plantation of trees in three urban local bodies namely Gurugram, Faridabad and Karnal. Apart from this, with an estimate of 500 plants for every village, a target has been set to plant 30 lakh saplings in the rural areas of the state. It was informed in the meeting that for the recharging of ground water, such bore wells will be checked in the next few days, which can be recharged. For this, a target of 100 borewells has been fixed for every district. It was decided in the meeting that digital water meters will be installed on the tube wells of the Panchayat and Public Health Engineering Department to save water. For this, Central Controlling Station will be set up at the block level.
by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2012 10:44 am MDT WASHINGTON – Americans bought fewer new homes in June after sales jumped to a two-year high in May. The steep decline suggests a weaker job market and slower growth could make the housing recovery uneven.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that sales of new homes fell 8.4 per cent last month from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 350,000. That’s the biggest drop since February 2011.Sales in the Northeast plunged 60 per cent in June to the lowest level since November.’Nationwide, sales in May and April were revised much higher. June’s sales pace is 15.1 per cent higher than the same month last year. But sales remain well below the 700,000 annual rate that economists equate with healthy markets.“While a housing recovery is under way … fits and starts are to be expected and clearly this summer is one of the ‘fits,’” Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at BTIG LLC, said in a note to clients.Home builder stocks fell sharply after the report came out. Hovnanian Enterprises fell 5 cents to $2.41, Beazer Homes fell 10 cents to $2.38 and Toll Brothers fell 60 cents to $29.84.The housing market has started to show signs of recovery this year.Builders are more confident and breaking ground on more homes. Mortgage rates are at record lows. And home prices nationwide have stabilized after losing a third of their value in the past six years. Sales of new and previously occupied homes have risen, although the increases have been choppy.Sales of previously occupied homes fell in June to their lowest level since October. But sales were up 4.5 per cent from a year ago, evidence that a modest recovery is still under way.One trend that is holding back sales has been low inventories. There were 144,000 new homes for sale in June, just above May’s 143,000 — the lowest on records dating back to 1963. At the current sales pace, it would take 4.9 months to exhaust the June supply. A six-month supply is generally considered healthy by economists.The reduced inventory is pushing up overall home prices, which have turned up in recent months. The median price of a new home, however, fell 1.9 per cent in June from May to $232,600.“With no excess inventory of unsold new homes, any sustained recovery in new home sales should quickly translate into firmer prices,” Steven Wood, chief economist at Insight Economics, said.Low inventories are also spurring more building. Builders broke ground last month on the most new homes and apartments in nearly four years. And permits to build single-family homes rose to the highest level since March 2010. Surveys also show that builders are more confident in the market, partly because they are seeing more interest from potential buyers.However, many people are still having difficulty qualifying for home loans or can’t afford the larger down payments that are being required by banks. That’s likely holding back sales.Though new homes represent less than 20 per cent of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to statistics compiled by the National Association of Home Builders.Economists expect housing will add to economic growth this year for the first time since 2005. But home construction and remodeling have become such a small part of the economy that the increase will likely have only a modest impact.Other than housing, the economy has been weakening. Americans have cut their spending at retail stores for three straight months, the longest stretch of cutbacks since the recession. A survey earlier this month found that manufacturing activity contracted in June for the first time in nearly three years.And hiring is slowing. Employers added an average of only 75,000 jobs a month from April through June. That’s much lower than the average of 226,000 a month added in the first three months of this year.On Friday, the government will issue its first estimate for economic growth in the April-June quarter. Economists have cut back on their forecasts in recent weeks, and now expect growth at an annual rate of only 1.5 per cent. That’s below the 1.9 per cent pace in the first three months of the year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US new-home sales fell to 350,000 in June, a sign weak growth may slow housing recovery