Urging the Union Minister for Water Resources (MoWR) Uma Bharti, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal sought early clearance of various irrigation projects pending with the Ministry at different stages worth Rs. 5236.71 crore including the re-lining of Rajasthan and Sirhind feeders at a cost of Rs. 2125.69 crore.
Badal recently called on the Union Water Resources Minister in New Delhi and also impressed upon the Union Minister to immediately sanction and release Rs. 1375 crore. for the project of rehabilitation, renovation and modernization of various distributaries along with allied works in Punjab (UBDC) system in border districts of Amritsar and Gurdaspur.
Badal also sought special funds to the tune of Rs. 918 crore. for the project of renovation and modernization of canals being fed from River Satluj costing Rs. 918.25 Cr. as this project had already been sanctioned by the MoWR in November 13, 2015.
Pleading for the expeditious clearance of various irrigation projects awaiting Ministry’s nod, Punjab Chief Minister also posed a project of Swan River Flood Management worth Rs. 284.98 crore besides seeking funds to the tune of Rs. 161.04 crore for the execution of flood protection project under river management activities and water related to border areas. He also sought approval for the channelization of River Ghaggar by the Ghaggar Standing Committee involving a cost of Rs. 135.63 crore.
Senior officials said that the Chief Minister also asked the Ministry to immediately release funds to the tune of Rs. 46.12 crore for carrying out flood protection works along River Beas under Flood Management Project. He also impressed upon Uma Bharti to give her nod to the project of channelization of Sakki/Kiran Nallah involving a cost of Rs. 190 crore so as to save the life and property of the people residing in border areas from the havoc caused during the floods in the rainy season.
Responding positively to the issues raised by Badal in the meeting, Union Water Resources Minister assured that she would get the entire issues thoroughly examined by her Ministry before taking a final decision. She assured Badal that the requisite funds demanded by the state government under various projects and proposals pending with Ministry would be released at the earliest.