Utilisation of irrigation potential of national projects

Utilisation of irrigation potential of national projects

Out of 16 national irrigation projects, five projects namely Polavaram Irrigation Project in Andhra Pradesh, Saryu Nahar Pariyojana in Uttar Pradesh, Gosikhurd Irrigation Project in Maharashtra, Teesta Barrage Project in West Bengal and Shahpurkandi Dam Project in Punjab have been taken up for execution after the concerned state governments obtained the necessary approvals as per the guidelines of the schemes. This information was given by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Arjun Ram Meghwal in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
Saryu Nahar Pariyojna and Gosikhurd Irrigation Project with target Culturable Command Area (CCA) of 4.80 lakh hectare and 1.76 lakh hectare respectively have been included under CADWM (Command Area Development & Water Management) programme under PMKSY-AIBP (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana – Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme). Works of Teesta Barrage project are at standstill due to issues related to land acquisition and the state has not sent any proposal for CAD (Command Area Development) works, the minister further informed the lower house of Indian Parliament.
As informed by the state government, tenders have been called for Detailed Project Report (DPR) of CAD works for Polavaram project. Further, the government of Jammu & Kashmir has been requested to plan and implement requisite infrastructure and CAD works in paripassu manner separately in additional command proposed to be irrigated with the water from Shahpurkandi Dam Project, Meghwal said in the Lok Sabha.
Details of potential created and utilised national projects

Project Ultimate Potential (Th. Ha.) Potential Created (Th. Ha.) Utilization (Th. Ha.) 
Saryu Nahar 1404 1096 615.84*
Gosikhurd 250.8 74.45 47.56
Polavaram 291 121 118
Shahpurkandi 37.17
Teesta 527 197 104

*cropped area as per the study conducted by Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics (BISAG)

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The author is a technical analyst with B.Tech in Instrumentation and has worked with Accenture. Currently, she is specialising in Automation and Robotics at Indira Gandhi Technical University for Women, New Delhi.

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