CM approved Rs 40 crore for strengthening the lift irrigation system in water deficit areas of Southren Haryana 10-02-2015
Chandigarh February 10: In a major boost to augment water supply in water deficit areas of Southern Haryana, particularly Mahendergarh, the Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal today approved Rs 40 crore for strengthening the lift irrigation system. Also, he announced to revive about 10,000 abandoned village ponds and to carry out a detailed survey for the construction of check dams at the Shivalik foothills in the State. The Chief Minister who was presiding over a meeting of Irrigation Department here today said that the State Government is committed to provide water supply to the tail end in the State. Rs. 40 crore would be utilized for replacing the major old pump sets at Jawahar Lal Nehru Feeder- 1 and 2 for strengthening the lift irrigation system in southern Haryana. These pumps would be replaced within a period of six months. The Chief Minister said that old abandoned village ponds (Johd) would be revived and utilized as water bodies for storing surplus water for recharging and developing minor irrigation schemes for irrigation of adjoining areas with micro irrigation techniques. At present there are about 20,000 village ponds in the State of which nearly 10,000 were lying abandoned. He also directed the department to carry out a detailed survey on priority basis to identify places for the construction of check dams at the Shivalik foothills so as to utilize the stored water for irrigation purposes. He also ordered to constitute a committee to identify the water bodies in the State for their de-silting in a time bound and phased manner. In the meeting, he also expressed concern over the theft of canal water and directed to take steps to check the same. He said that in water deficit areas, supply of water should be done through PVC pipes rather than through water courses. He also directed the department to submit him a list of areas having more demand of water.