Chandigarh, February 1 – In a major decision, Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has approved a Rs 600 crore project for rehabilitation of Augmentation Canal from 0 to 75.250 kilometres, as it takes off from Hamida head near Yamunanagar, so as to augment the supply of irrigation and drinking water. The project being implemented under ‘Har Khet Ko Pani’ programme of the present State Government aims at increasing the supply of drinking and irrigation water in Haryana by increasing its discharge capacity from 4,500 cusecs to 6,000 cusecs especially in the Southern Haryana where there is deficit of water.
While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that the project is being implemented as the vision of Haryana Government to utilize every drop of available water. The rehabilitation and remodelling of the augmentation canal would help meet the ever-growing demand for water in Haryana, especially during paddy season and will meet the requirements of drinking water in Southern Haryana.
The complete reconstruction work on the augmentation canal would be undertaken for enhancing the capacity of channel including replacement of structures.He said that the augmentation canal was constructed in 1970-71 with capacity of 3,700 cusecs, which was increased to 4,500 cusecs in 1977.
While referring to the Jawahar Lal Nehru Feeder System, he said that this system is basically lift canal system in which about 100 Pump Houses have been constructed to supply water to higher reaches. The system has been continuously running for the last 35 years during which no major rehabilitation of pumps or motors has been done. This has resulted in reduced efficiency of pumps by 40-50 per cent, which has further resulted in reduced lifting of discharge. Extra pumps are being run to increase discharge which results in increased energy charges. At present, the energy charges for the system are about Rs 140 crores annually.
To resolve this problem, the present Government has approved a project amounting to Rs 143 crores for rehabilitation of Jawahar Lal Nehru Feeder System. This project includes the rehabilitation of various canals in JLN Canal system, Mahendergarh Canal system and JLN Feeder, replacement and repair of old worn-out pumping machinery and providing independent feeder lines for supplying uninterrupted power supplies to the system. The project is being funded through National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). The works amounting to Rs 40 crore are civil works and about Rs 100 crore are mechanical works. The work on the project has been started. The project is likely to be completed in two years, but efforts would be made to complete it by June 30, 2017.
At present, the area under irrigation in southern Haryana is 16,257 hectares, which would be increased to 81,284 hectares after implementation of the above said project. Thus, project will increase irrigation in additional area of 65,027 hectares, in addition to meeting the requirement of drinking water and filling up of ponds. As a result of implementation of this project, there would be saving of about Rs 52 crore annually as energy charges. This project would also help in removing regional disparity between South-Western part of state viz-a-viz the remaining part of the state by increasing availability of water and also recharging the ground water.