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Friday, September 4, 2009

Irrigation projects formulated to fight away drought situations in Jharkhand

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The Department of Water Resources, Government of Jharkhand (India) is on way to formulate 208 minor irrigation projects to be launched in the water scarce areas of the state after technical and administrative clearance.

In a high level meeting on 2nd August 2009 with senior officers of the Department of Water Resources, NABARD, and delegates of Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP), the departmental secretary Sukhdeo Singh got acceptance for 208 minor irrigation projects with a budget of rupees 300 crore. The department is planning to send all these minor irrigation projects for technical and administrative clearance up to 15th October 2009.

After launching of all these projects it is hoped that a number of districts including Palamu, Garhwa,Chatra, Latehar, Gumla, Lohardaga, Singhbhum, Godda, Saraikela, Pakur, Giridih, Jamtara, Bokaro, and Deoghar may no longer face crisis of water for their crops.

It was decided that minor irrigation projects budgeting up to 210 crore will be taken up by AIVP, 09 crore byNABARD, 90 percent of the financial assistance is to be obtained from the centre and 10 percent is to be spent by the state. Under these projects it is being understood that the department is planning to construct various check dams to store water and to lift the water through pumps for irrigation of fields. It is important to note here that about 100 minor irrigation projects are already going on out of which about 12 are benefitting the farmers of the state. (Report: Local Media)

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