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Monday, March 23, 1998

Planning Commission clears projects for Rajasthan 

UNITED NEWS OF INDIA  
NEW DELHI, March 22: The Planning Commission has approved important development projects for Rajasthan. The projects -- the Sukli medium irrigation project estimated to cost Rs 18,698 crore, Bandi sendra medium irrigation project Rs 13.041 crore, modernisation of Gambhiri canal system to cost Rs 1176.26 lakh and Bisalpur drinking water-cum-irrigation scheme to cost Rs 309.07 crore.

The Planning Commission in a note to the secretary, planning department of the Rajasthan, says the Sukli project should be executed as per the approved outlays so as to complete the project by March 2002 after which the expenditure account of this project will stand closed.

The Sukli medium irrigation project envisages construction of a storage dam near Salwara village in Reodhar Tehsil of Sirohi district on Sukli river, a tributary of Banas river and a canal system is proposed on both right and left banks to annually irrigate an area of 3889 hectares. The cost has been estimated at the 1994-95 prices.

In a note to thesecretary of the planning department of the state, the Planning Commission says that Bandi Sendra medium irrigation project has been considered acceptable in the state plan of Rajasthan. The project will be executed as per the approved outlays so as to complete the scheme by March 2002 after which the expenditure account of this project will stand closed.

Bandi Sendra medium irrigation project envisages construction of an earthen dam across Bandi river, a tributary of Sukri river in Luni basin: near Sendra village in Bhinmal tehsil of Jalore district and a canal system on the right bank to annually irrigation an area of 4091 hectares. The project will benefit the drought prone and tribal areas in Jalore district.

Three villages will be affected as a result of submergence. These are Amatri, Sendra and Chandur. Cost per hectare of annual irrigation is Rs 31,878. The right main canal which will have a length of 6.3 km will irrigate 4091 hectares. The benefit cost ratio is 1.575:1 benefitting drought proneareas.

The Planning Commission says modernisation of Gambhiri canal system will be executed as per the approved outlays so as to complete the project by March 2002 after which the expenditure account of this project shall stand closed.Gambhiri irrigation project was constructed between 1953-57 to impound waters of Gambhiri river a tributary of Berach river joining Banas river in Chambal basin, near Mohata village in Nimbahera tehsil of district Chittorgarh. The modernisation of the Gambhirki canal system envisages lining of both the main canals for 75 km length and construction of additional structures 36 numbers and remodelling of 206 numbers on main canals.

The project involves lining of existing distribution system upto 40 hectares blocks in the entire command.

As per the project there will be extension of distribution system from 40 to eight hectare blocks.

After modernisation, the annual irrigation will be 9600 hectares and will have 98 per cent intensity of irrigation. The cost per hectare oftotal annual irrigation is Rs 12,253 and the project will have a benefit cost ratio of 1.53:1.

The Bilaspur drinking water cum irrigation project (major) has been considered acceptable for investment in the state plan of Rajasthan subject to the implementation of safeguards as stipulated by the environment and forests ministry. The project shall be executed as per the approved outlays so as to complete the scheme by March 2000 after which the expenditure account of this project shall stand closed.

Bilaspur irrigation project envisages construction of a storage reservoir with the right bank canal 96 km long to annually irrigate 49,890 hectares in Tonk and Sewai Madhopur districts. In addition the project provides drinking water supply to Ajmer, Beawer, Kishangarh, Jaipur and enroute towns and villages. This project is across Banas river, a tributary of Chambal river.

The area under submergence will be 21836 hectares and the number of villages affected will be 25 fully and 38 partially. The number ofpopulation affected will be 30,000. The benefit cost ratio of the project is 1.71:1.The cost per hectare of annual irrigation will be Rs 34,682.

Copyright © 1998 Indian Express Newspapers (Bombay) Ltd.



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