Chandigarh, Dec 3 (UNI) The Punjab government has chalked out a comprehensive plan of Rs 123.3 crore under Major Extension, Renovation and Modernisation (ERM) project for the rehabilitation of 1st Patiala Feeder and Kotla Branch in a phased manner.
Decision to this effect was taken here today by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a meeting with the senior officers of the Irrigation Department.
Mr Badal said that it would enhance the capacity of 1st Patiala Feeder from 3600 causics to 4914 causics and Kotla Branch from 2550 to 3304 causics. Under this plan, the 1,500 villages of districts of Patiala, Sangrur, Mansa, Bathinda, Ludhiana and Barnala would be benefited and 1.7 lakh acres of additional land would come under canal irrigation, added Mr Badal.
He further said that during the first phase of this work Rs 30 crore would be spent on the 79514 ft long 1st Patiala Feeder and Rs 2 crore on 2nd Patiala Feeder by the end of January 2008. The Chief Minister said that Rs 18.5 crore would be spent by the state government and Rs 13.5 crore by the central government.
The Chief Minister reiterated the state government's resolve to under take the desilting of all the water courses in a time bound manner, especially in the Malwa belt to ensure that water reaches at tail ends.