Bawankule for completion of Kochi, Khindsi projects by June 2019

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jan 2018 09:52:17


Staff Reporter,

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of district, asked the officials of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) to complete Kochi and Khindsi irrigation projects by June 2019.

Bawankule was addressing a meeting of officials held at VIDC Hall here on Wednesday, to take stock of the progress of various irrigation projects. Avinash Surve, Executive Director of VIDC; A R Kamble, Chief Engineer; L P Ingle, Superintending Engineer; J B Turkhede, S D Dhawale, K B Farkade, N D Sahare, P N Patil, H D Chandewar, Banu Bakode, J G Gawali, all of them Executive Engineers, attended the meeting.

The Guardian Minister asked the officials to submit proposals for funds to complete works of Kochi, Khindsi, and Pench projects at the earliest. He assured to follow-up the matter at Mantralaya level to get Rs 200 crore required for completion of Kochi and Khindsi projects. Funds will be made available for completion of projects, he added. He suggested that the officials should chalk-out a two-year time-bound programme for completion of irrigation projects in Nagpur district to ensure that farmers could utilise irrigation facilities soon.

“The officials concerned should prepare a plan for repairs of main canal in Pench project and distribution network.
A special meeting will be called regarding availability of Rs 222 crore required for the project. But, the plan should be made for completion of the project by June 2019,” Bawankule said. Under the said project, work on 14 out of total 15 works proposed has been completed. The left and right branch canals require Rs 13 crore and Rs 16 crore respectively, he was told.

As far as Gosikhurd national irrigation project is concerned, the Guardian Minister said that incomplete works should be completed as fund was made available as per the demand. Bawankule, who is also Energy Minister, directed Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) officials to ensure uninterrupted power supply to lift irrigation schemes including Ambhora-I, Ambhora-II, and Chhatrapur. He directed the officials concerned to start implementation of the proposal for river-to-canal lifting of water to make available water for irrigation to farmers in command area of Pench project. He asked them to increase use of Kanhan river water to save water in Pench reservoir.