12 km tunnel to carry Narmada water to Ganga basin

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Bhopal, Nov 20 (UNI) A twelve-km long tunnel of ten metre diameter is proposed to be constructed under Bargi diversion project to carry Narmada water to the Ganga basin in Madhya Pradesh.

The tunnel on Bargi's right weir canal would discharge 151.35 cubic metre water per second from Narmada basin to Ganga basin, while the maximum depth of the tunnel from ground level would be 39 metres, official sources said today.

The Narmada Valley Development Department has recently issued Rs 640 crore tender for construction of the canal from 104 to 129 km. This work was pending for a long time due to various technical problems.

The tunnel will be located between 104 km and 116 Km of the canal. An open cut canal would be constructed from 116 km to 129 km, the sources said, adding formalities to undertake the work beyond 129 km would be speeded up and the tenders would be released soon.

The work is proposed to be completed in four years.

Irrigation in 2.45 lakh hectare area in Jabalpur, Katni, Satna and Rewa districts is proposed through Bargi diversion project on the upstream of the west-flowing Narmada river, which originates from Amarkantak on Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border.

The project's main canal is 194 km. Of this, the canal work in the first phase upto 104 km is nearing completion. Beyond 104 km, irrigation in about 1.86 lakh hectare is proposed.

Narmada Valley Development Minister Nagendra Singh has ordered to speed up construction of the canal and to ensure high quality, the sources added.

UNI

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