Irrigation boost for tribal belt

Ranchi, April 25: The state government is confident of giving a facelift to agriculture in Santhal Pargana as it targets to launch five long-pending irrigation schemes in the region this financial year.

The five projects — Triveni weir, Kajhia weir, Sundar water reservoir, Bada Nadi water reservoir and Kairabani water reservoir — were sanctioned decades earlier during the days of unified Bihar, but had failed to take off.

Deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto, who heads water resources, maintained that expenses to the tune of Rs 15.06 crore was involved in the schemes. Out of that, Rs 8.78 crore has been spent till last month. The remaining funds will be utilised during the current financial year, Mahto said.

“Only the Triveni weir is slightly lagging behind. Against the sanctioned amount of Rs 3.47 crore, we have been able to spend only Rs 26.80 lakh. But I have directed the officials to ensure full utilisation of available amounts so that the project is completed during this financial year,” he added.

These apart, 59 minor irrigation schemes — 43 under the Centre’s Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme and 16 under the state plan — will also be completed this fiscal.

The 59 minor schemes will extend irrigation facilities to 9,350 hectares. A majority of the projects have already been completed and are replenishing 7,111 hectares.

Seven flood control schemes are also said to be nearing completion.

The Centre had approved the seven schemes in various parts of Sahebganj district, where soil erosion caused by the Ganga poses a big problem for farmers.

Expenses to the tune of Rs 15.06 crore are involved in it, of which Rs 8.78 crore has been spent till March.

“I have already directed the officials to execute the work within three months. I will soon visit the district for spot inspection. Any lapses will not be tolerated,” the minister added.

The government now claims that the Gumani barrage, which aims an irrigation potential of 13,000 hectares, will also be completed this fiscal. Two other projects — Punasi water reservoir and Bateshwarsthan Ganga Pump Canal Scheme — are targeted to be complete in 2014-15.Courtesy:TheTelegraph.

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