Rs 2,400 cr per year needed to complete Gosikhurd by 2021

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Oct 2018 09:36:44


Special Correspondent,

Water Resources Department (WRD) will require Rs 2,400 crore every year to complete the ambitious Gosikhurd national irrigation project by the year 2021. Presently, the cost of the project is Rs 18,494 crore. So far, WRD has spent Rs 10,479 crore on the project of which irrigation potential is 2,50,800 hectares.

The information about WRD’s requirement was placed before Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Water Resources and River Development, who chaired a meeting at Chitnavis Centre on Saturday. The meeting was called to take stock of the progress of Gosikhurd project. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur and Bhandara districts; Dr Sunil Deshmukh, Vice-Chairman of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) also were present on the occasion.

Government has directed WRD to complete the irrigation project by 2021. To achieve the goal, it will require ample funds from the State and Central Governments for the project. The department will require Rs 1,421.70 crore in 2018-19 and Rs 2,685.11 crore for the year 2019-20. It will require Rs 2,701.13 crore in 2020-21, and Rs 1,207.60 crore in 2021-22. The department will need Rs 1,083 crore for dam, land acquisition and rehabilitation; Rs 1,785 crore for right bank canal and Ghodazari canal; Rs 1,416 crore for Asolamendha renovation, and Rs 184 crore for left bank canal and other works. Till now, only 74,450 hectare land is under irrigation while remaining 1,76,350 hectare will be irrigated after completion of all the pending works. The department has prepared a plan to create 37,813 hectares of irrigation potential by June 2019; 63,105 hectares by June 2020; 54,000 hectares by June 2021, and remaining 21,404 hectares of irrigation potential by December 2022.

After reviewing the project’s progress, Gadkari directed WRD to complete land acquisition within three months. Collectors of Nagpur, Bhandara, and Chandrapur districts should clear all the proposals of land acquisition in this regard, he said. Collectors should take quarterly review of the project and submit report to WRD Secretary. He also directed Ashwin Mudgal, officiating Divisional Commissioner, to tour each of these three districts and resolve the problems of farmers and WRD. Gosikhurd project will improve the quality of life and financial health of farmers, he added.

Gadkari said that land should be acquired by following acquisition process and also through direct purchase. The farmers are demanding higher compensation for acquisition of their land, he added. Meanwhile, the Government has also sanctioned water pipeline project of Rs 560 crore for creating distribution network, he told officials.

Nana Shamkule, Vijay Wadettiwar, Ramchandra Awsare, all of them MLAs; I S Chahal, Principal Secretary of WRD; Avinash Surve, Secretary; Shantanu Goyal, Bhandara Collector; Pravin Mahajan, Chief of Contractors’ and Builders’ Association of Vidarbha; B C K Nair, Secretary; Rajabhau Raut, Vice-President, and others also were present on this occasion.

Bridge to be used as dam to store water
Now onwards, the Government will not construct a simple bridge over river. The bridges to be constructed henceforth will be used as dams to store water. This was decided in the review meeting held on Saturday.

Central Ground Water Board, VIDC, and Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation signed an agreement in this regard. On pilot basis, such bridge-cum-dams will be constructed at Sarewadi, Ajra Phata, Teosa, Deoli, and Jamni.