Chandigarh: With a view to achieve the goal of ‘Har Khet Ko Pani’ (water to every field), the Haryana Government has approved a Rs 143 crore project for re-construction of Jawahar Lal Nehru (J.L.N.) Canal System. Tenders have been floated for the works and these would be completed in a phased manner by March 2018. Also, a Rs 300 crore project for rehabilitation of 565 water courses has recently been got approved from NABARD. This project would be completed in two years and would help in reducing the gap between irrigation potential created and potential in use.
While giving this information here today, a spokesman of Haryana Irrigation and Water Resources Department said with a view to remove the obstacles in Western Jamuna Canal (WJC) main line, five disbanded old bridges were being reconstructed at a cost of Rs 30 crore. Out of these, the construction work of three bridges has been completed and the remaining two bridges would be completed by December, 2016. He said that to realize the commitment of ensuring water upto tail end, a sum of Rs 135 crore has been spent for maintenance and desilting of canals and water courses whereas, rehabilitation work at a cost of Rs 150 crore has been started at Petwar branch, Hisar major branch, Prithla branch, Paharpur minor, Khanaury minor, Jakhauli branch, Tohana branch, new Urlana minor, Jahangirpur Minor and Loharu Branch.
He said that Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna has been started to permanently resolve the problem of drought. The aim of the scheme is to ensure water to every field. Under this Yojna, District Irrigation Schemes are being prepared for all Districts and accordingly, irrigation management would be done. He said that under this scheme, the major ongoing irrigation projects would be completed on priority basis so that maximum areas could be irrigated. Apart from this, with a view to ensure per drop more irrigation, water saving techniques like sprinkler irrigation and drip irrigation would be further promoted.
The spokesman said that in the tenure of present State Government, 210 schemes costing Rs 275.32 crore of flood control have been started. Out of these, work on 159 projects has been completed at a cost of Rs 141.21 crore whereas work on 23 projects is in progress. He said that in 2016-17, as many as105 new schemes of Rs 124.77 crore and 140 ongoing schemes of Rs 256.80 crore have been approved for flood control and drainage. Apart from this, approval has been granted to prepare 390 injection wells at a cost of Rs 6.41 crore for the conservation of ground water using the flood water.
He said that to ensure ground water conservation and water for drinking and irrigation purposes in Mewat area, Kotla Lake was being rejuvenated and developed at a cost of Rs 81 crore. This work would be completed by December 2016 after which water for irrigating of about 27,000 acres of land would be available.