IRRIGATION PROJECTS BOOSTED UP
CHIEF SECRETARY DIRECTS TO FIX TIME LINES FOR COMPLETION OF PROJECTS
PROJECTS WITH IRRIGATION POTENTIAL OF 7.23 LAKH HECTORS TAKEN UP AGAINST TARGET OF 2 LAKH HECTORS DURING 2013-14.
Bhubaneswar: 11th Jan.2014:Irrigation projects in the State has been boosted up with the target of bringing more and more areable area under irrigation and augmenting agricultural production. Projects with irrigation potential of 7.93 lakh hectors have been taken up under various schemes against a target of creation of 2 lakh hectors of irrigation potential during 2013-14. This has come to light in a high level review meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Jugal Kishore Mohapatra in secretariat conference hall today wherein Principal Secretary water Resource Sri Suresh Chandra Mohapatra presented the status of the projects and outlined issues for discussion. Sri Mohapatra has directed to set time limits for completion of major and minor irrigation projects and push up the implementation process. Chief Secretary has also directed OLIC to reduce the time gap between the completion of the drilling of the bore wells and energization of the projects. It has been decided to energize the bore wells within 2 to 3 months of the completion of drilling. Chief Secretary has also advised Principal Secretary, Forest & Environment Sri R.K. Sharma present in the meeting, to set time limits for processing of forest and environment clearance issues relating to irrigation projects with necessary input from Water Resource department. The issues on finalization of work designs of the projects was discussed in the meeting. Considering the work load and shortage of technical staff Chief Secretary has advised Water Resource department to explore the possibility of empanelling professional agencies for preparation of preliminary work design through floating of the expression of interest (EOI) which will lessen the work burden on irrigation engineers and fasten the process of finalization of work designs. Available data shows that the projects taken up with irrigation of potential of 7.23 lakh hector include 8 no of major irrigation projects with 3.05 lakh hector potential, 12 medium irrigation projects with 0.52 lakh hector potential, 28 mega-lifts with 0.36 lakh hect. potential, 232 minor ( flow ) projects with 0.48 lakh hect potential, 23027 deep borewell with 2.39 lakh hect. potential, 1182 lift projects with 0.26 lakh hect potential and 3380 check dams with 0.17 lakh hectors of irrigation potential. Apart from this, the irrigation potential in 3.93 lakh hectors already created have been revitalized and stabilized under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund(RIDF), Repair Rehabilitation and Restoration of water bodies ( RRR) assistance from Asian Development Bank ( ADB) and Odisha Community tank Management project ( OCTMP). A total irrigation of potential of 4.09 lakh hectors have been created from 2008-09 to 20012-13. Besides, around 59 thousand hectors of additional irrigation potential has already been created during 2013-14, and it is expected that another 226 lakh hect. irrigation potential will be created by end of the financial year. Feed-back from the field shows that borewell scheme have been widely accepted by small and medium farmers. Principal Secretary, Water Resource said that during the current year around 3000 borewells have been operationalized and another 10,000 will be energized within Mach, 2014. During current year, drilling has been successful in 25599 borewell points and yield test have been completed in 24332 wells. One borewell has the irrigation potential for 10 hectors of kariff and 2 hectors of rabi crop. It has been decided in the meeting to adopt turn key contract methods for drilling and enrgization of bore-wells. It has also been decided that 25000 new borewell projects will be taken up within June 2014 out of which drilling in 280 bore-wells have been completed. It has been targeted to complete I lakh bore well by end of 12th Plan period. In each bore well project covered under NMMI ( National Mission on Micro Irrigation ) 240 meters of pipe and 09 sprinkler sets are also being provided. Target has been set to install 2400 new cluster shallow tube wells in the inland river valleys and non-saline coastal track between January,2014 to June,2014. under Jalanidhi scheme being implemented through Agriculture Department. The review of the woks of OLIC shows that around 349 projects with irrigation potential of 7952 hectors have been completed and work in 833 projects are in different stages of completion. It has been targeted to complete additional 700 lift irrigation points with 12000 hect, irrigation potential during 2013-14. With regard to check dams it is seen that by December, 2013 448 new dams have been completed with potential of 3537 hectors and 1384 nos are in progress. It has been targeted to complete a minimum of 3000 numbers of check dams with irrigation potential of 15000 hectors during 2013-14. Issues relating to forest clearance, FRA certificate, land acquisition, rehabilitation matters for new proposed projects were discussed and sorted out in the meeting. Development Commissioner Sri Injeti Srinivas, Additional Chief Secretary Finance, Sri U.N.Behera, Additional Chief Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management Dr. Taradatt, Energy Secretary Sri Pradeep Kumar Jena along with senior officers from water resource department participated in discussions.