Future schemes of Narmada valley development will focus on micro irrigation

MoS Mr. Lalsingh Arya reviews projects’ works

lalsing12.5.17Bhopal, May 12, 2017 (Abdul Ahad Farhan):  Taking initiative for maximum irrigation with less water, the Narmada Valley Development Authority will prepare future schemes in the form of Micro Irrigation Projects. In order to avoid problems like land acquisition for canals construction under the dam irrigation projects beside saving wastage of water during canal irrigation and to save land from becoming swamp, the micro irrigation schemes will provide irrigation facility to those areas also where water supply is not possible using gravity. This information was given at the review of Narmada Valley Development Authority’s projects today. Minister of State for Narmada Valley Development (Independent Charge) chaired the meeting. Gathering information on 15 proposed Micro Irrigation Schemes, Mr. Arya said that all efforts should be made to complete these schemes within a stipulated time limit. He also apprised himself about the ghats on the banks of river Narmada to be constructed by the authority under the Narmada Seva Mission. Mr. Arya reviewed displacement and rehabilitation works related to dam projects specifically rehabilitation works being carried out in submerge affected areas of Alirajpur, Dhar, Khargone and Badwani districts related to Sardar Sarovar Dam.

Authority’s Vice Chairman Mr. Rajnish Vaishya informed that 9 lakh hectare irrigation capacity has been developed by the constructed and under construction projects of Narmada Valley. There is a target to develop irrigation capacity of 21 lakh 37 thousand hectare completing under construction and proposed projects. He further informed that works are being carried our preparing a monthly work plan of rehabilitation works. Members of Authority and Chief Engineers of large projects were present in the meeting.

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