The ravines in the Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh are expected to get developed for agricultural activities as the Central government, the World Bank and Madhya Pradesh government are discussing on a proposal to make them cultivable. The development is expected to create mass livelihood opportunities, thereby prospering economic growth in this underdeveloped region.
For this, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare; Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Narendra Singh Tomar held a meeting through video conference on Saturday to deliberate with the representatives of World Bank, senior officers of the Department of Agriculture, Madhya Pradesh, scientists, Vice-chancellor of Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (RVSKVV), Gwalior and other stakeholders to bring the large Bihad area of Gwalior – Chambal region under agriculture. During this meeting it was decided that the substantive project would be prepared in collaboration and support from World Bank to accomplish this work. In this regard, a meeting was also held earlier with the representatives of World Bank and it has been decided to prepare a preliminary project report within a month.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister informed that more than three lakh hectares of rugged land is not cultivable and if this area is improved, then this will help in the integrated development of the Bihad area in Gwalior – Chambal region. He further mentioned that the proposed reforms in this project would not only help improve agricultural development and the environment, but it would also create employment opportunities for the people and lead to substantive development of this region.
Tomar said that there is a lot of scope for development of the Bihad area in Gwalior – Chambal region. The Chambal Expressway will be built and will pass through this area, by which the overall development of the region would be possible. After preparing the initial report, subsequent meetings will be held with the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh for further course of action.
The World Bank representative, Adarsh Kumar said, the World Bank is interested in working in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Vivek Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare said that all the aspects related to technology, infrastructure, capital cost, investment among others would be taken into consideration prior to initiating the work of the proposed project with minimum budget allocation.
KK Singh, Agricultural Production Commissioner said that the old project had been revived and would be undertaken under the guidance of the Agriculture Minister. Dr. SK Rao, Vice-Chancellor of Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Gwalior said that the work could be done keeping in mind the overall agricultural development of the region.