Water resources projects are planned, funded, executed and maintained by the state governments themselves as per their own resources and priorities. In order to supplement the efforts of the states, Government of India provides technical and financial assistance to encourage sustainable development and efficient management of water resources through various schemes and programmes such as Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) among other schemes under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) as per the guidelines of the scheme. Replying to a question, Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Arjun Ram Meghwal said in the Lok Sabha today.
During 2016-17, 99 on-going major and medium irrigation projects under PMKSY-AIBP having ultimate irrigation potential of 76.03 lakh hectare and balance estimated cost of Rs.77,595 crore (Central assistance (CA) component of Rs.31,342 crore) have been prioritised in consultation with states for completion in phases up to December, 2019 along with their Command Area Development & Water Management (CADWM) works. Funding mechanism through NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) has also been approved by the government for both Central and state share, Meghwal informed the Lok Sabha.
Out of 99 prioritised projects, 4 projects are in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Ultimate potential of these projects is 61.44 thousand hectares (Th.Ha.). CADWM works envisage enhanced utilisation of irrigation systems being created through these projects. Three prioritised projects in the state have been included under CADWM programme to cover Culturable Command Area (CCA) of 2.460 Th.Ha. as per the proposals received from the state government, the minister further added.
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