Chandigarh: To meet the water requirement for irrigation purpose in Kandi belt, the most backward area from the irrigation point of view, the Punjab Irrigation Department has mooted a plan for the rehabilitation and capacity building of seven dams.
Constructed long ago on different seasonal rivulets and choes, a majority of the dams have lost their capacity to retain water due to continuous soil erosion in the catchment areas, thus adversely affecting the irrigation facility in various villages in the Kandi area.
Moreover, the channels carrying the water to the tail-ends have also got damaged and proving major bottlenecks in smooth irrigation of the agriculture lands.
Kamaljit Singh Kapoor, Chief Engineer, Kandi Canal, disclosed that out of 13 dams, supplying irrigation water to villages in Kandi area, seven would be rehabilitated and surveys are being conducted for the purpose. The department has already rehabilitated five dams.
“Since, the rehabilitation and capacity building projects require huge funds, we have decided to engage certain funding agencies,” he Kapoor claimed, adding that apart from funds required for Detail Project Report (DPR), there would be a requirement of atleast Rs 50 to Rs 60 crore per project.
At present, the department has decided to take up three major projects with the assistance from an international agency – BRICS Bank- for the funding of three projects for irrigation purpose. While two projects are being taken under the Green Climate Funds, a scheme of Union Environment Ministry, one would be funded by the BRICS Bank, revealed Kapoor.
The department has gone through with the initial stage – sending concept note – for two projects initiated under the Ministry’s scheme, he added.
He disclosed that a comprehensive survey will be conducted before sending a concept note (CN), to BRICS Bank, an international agency constituted by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa for the funding and help in providing manpower to green projects in these countries. The DPRs of each project would be submitted to the bank to avail the funds, he claimed.
The Dam and the Canal systems are two mode of irrigation in Kandi area. At the initial state, Punjab government had constructed 13 dams for the purpose. Of the 13 dams, nine are in Hoshiarpur district and four in Mohali.
The government later opted for canal system as the dam-water was insufficient to fulfill requirement of the farmers.
In 1998, the government constructed 60 km long Kandi Canal (Stage-I) to bring 50,000 acres under irrigation. The government then started construction of 70 km long Kandi Canal (Stage-II) in 2005 for the irrigation 70,000 acres.
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