Chandigarh, November 18 – Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal directed the officers of Irrigation Department to prepare schemes for construction of check-dams in Shivalik foothills for tapping rain water, desilting of canal beds and strengthening of canal banks for ensuring smooth supply of water at tail end and also for managing the available water for irrigation purposes.
The Chief Minister gave these directions while reviewing a report of the study group of MLAs on Canal Irrigation System presented by Convener of the group Dr. Abhey Singh Yadav in a meeting held here late last evening. The group was constituted to study the present irrigation system in the state. The Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of the Group and directed the officers to prepare a detailed project report covering all suggestion within one month.
Describing water and electricity two major components, the Chief Minister said that we jointly need to lay inclusive focus on water management and power management in the state. The government is quite serious for equitable distribution of available water as well as to provide more water to the people by way of its effective management.
The Chief Minister also asked the Convener of the group to look into the cases of SYL and HBL canal, in consultation with Irrigation Department, which were pending in the court for last so many years. The presidential reference on the issue of SYL canal was pending in the supreme court for last about 11 years. He asked them to plead this case so as to ensure its early hearing.
On a suggestion, the Chief Minister also directed the officers to carry out a survey for diversion of Dadupur-Nalvi water into SYL so that excess water could be utilized for irrigation purposes in the state. The officers must carry out a physical site examination with the group members. . He also directed to find out the feasibility for construction of a 20 kilometre parallel canal from Dadupur head to Hamida so that irrigation water could reach the tail end in southern part of the state.
Mr. Manohar Lal also directed for advance planning of desilting of canals and drains to allow free flow of water by carring out ground survey of canal system.
During presentation, Convener of Group Dr. Abhey Singh Yadav highlighted various suggestions and required solutions for smooth supply of water for irrigation purposes in the state. He suggested for construction of parallel channel from Dadupur Head to Hamida and new canal from Khubudo head to Sahlawas. For desilting work, he said that a silt profile of canal system based on ground survey should be prepared for smooth supply of water. He also suggested formation of an autonomous board for regulation, amendment in the canal act, sufficient provision of manpower and machinery effectively mange and regulate canal water. He gave presentation on Bhakhra canal system, Yamuna canal system, Gurgaon Canal and Agra canal, Lift Irrigation system, JLN feeder, Narwana branch etc.
Education Minister Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma, Minister of State for Public Health Engineering Mr. Ghanshyam Saraf, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Shyam Singh Rana, Member of Parliament Mr. Dharambir Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. R.K. Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary Irrigation Mr. Ram Niwas, MLAs Mr. Om Parkash Yadav, Mr. Mahipal Dhanda, Mr. Dinesh Kaushik and Engineer-in-Chief Irrigation Department Mr. Anil Gupta were also present in the meeting.