64 lakh hectares to be irrigated with Narmada water in state

CM Mr. Chouhan directs to complete works within time-limit

First time water reaches tailend of Indira Sagar canal

Review meeting of Narmada valley development department

lead9.1.16Bhopal, January 9, 2016 (Muslim Saleem):   Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every drop of Narmada water allocated to the state should be utilised. Concerning works should be completed within prescribed time-limit. Mr. Chouhan reviewed activities of Narmada Valley Development Department here today. Revenue Minister Mr. Rampal Singh, Minister of State for Narmada Valley Development Mr. Lal Singh Arya and Chief Secretary Mr. Anthony de Sa were also present on the occasion. The Chief Minister apprised himself of utilisation of Narmada water. He reviewed progress of works project-wise.

It was informed that a target has been set to irrigate 64 lakh 75 thousand hectares in the state with Narmada water by year 2024. Accordingly, irrigation projects have been constructed and are under construction to irrigate 42 lakh 95 thousand hectares. Structures for remaining 21 lakh 80 thousand hectares are proposed. Of these, Narmada Valley Development Authority has chalked out projects for irrigation in more than 19 lakh hectares. Under it, irrigation projects have been constructed and are under construction for 8 lakh 45 thousand hectares. Irrigation projects are proposed for remaining 10 lakh 56 thousand hectares.

Similarly, Water Resources Department has chalked out irrigation projects for 45 lakh 74 thousand hectares. Of these, irrigation projects have been constructed and are under construction for 34 lakh 50 thousand hectares. Irrigation projects are proposed for remaining 11 lakh 24 thousand hectares. The meeting was informed that 15 thousand hectares irrigation capacity Man project, 9 thousand hectare capacity Jobat project, about 10 thousand hectare capacity Upper Veda and 35 thousand hectare capacity Punasa lift irrigation project have been completed in the state.

Kathora irrigation project is in final stage. It was also informed that irrigation was undertaken for the first time in tailend areas of Indira Sagar canal in Barwani district and from Omkareshwar project canal in Kukshi in Dhar district. ACS Water Resources Mr. R.S. Julaniya, ACS Narmada Valley Development Mr. Rajneesh Vaish and other senior officers also attended the meeting.

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