Chandigarh, November 18, 2012: The Punjab Government has started the work on the implementation of improved and better irrigation plan to provide better irrigation facilities to the farmers of the state besides strengthening the canal network as the state government has earmarked Rs. 1,128 crore for irrigation projects.
According to an official spokesman, as per the improved irrigation system the century old canal network in the state, which is operating at 30% below its designated capacity, would be rehabilitated. He said that under the improved irrigation plan the Sarhind Feeder would be relined, four canals would be reconstructed besides construction of Kandi canal.
The Spokesman said that Rs. 40 crore is being spent on the relining of Sarhind Feeder Project in the present fiscal year while this project would be concluded with a total cost of Rs. 489 crore. He said that this project would be completed within four years as the works were on full swing. He said that once this project would become operational it would not only save the water but also secured the banks of canals.
The Spokesman informed that Rs. 60 crore would be spent on the construction of four canals including Bist Doab, Bathinda Branch, Sidwan Branch and Abohar Branch. He said that this project would conclude with a total cost of Rs. 734 crore and the project would be completed within next three years. He said that the completion of Kandi Canal Phase-II, a stretch of 18 Kilometer, with a combined cost of Rs. 245 crore is on advanced stage of completion.