Haryana earmarks Rs 650 cr for strengthening irrigation system

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Chandigarh, Nov 9 (UNI) The Haryana Government has earmarked a sum of Rs 650 crore for strengthening the irrigation system in the state during the current financial year.

While stating this here today, Haryana Irrigation Minister Ajay Singh Yadav said the state Government had envisaged Ambala irrigation scheme costing Rs 299 crore and the same had been forwarded to the Central Water Commission for its approval.

Captain Yadav said the capacity of Jawahar Lal Nehru feeder was also being increased to 2500 cusecs from 2200 cusecs. Similarly Siwani canal system was being run in two groups so that more water could reach to the tail-end.

A scheme of constructing Mewat canal costing Rs 326.44 crore had also been formulated by the state government so that ample irrigation facilities could be made available to the Mewat area which is rain-fed area, he added.

He opined that a budget provision of Rs 150 crore had also been made for executing the NABARD work during the current financial year in the state.

He revealed that as many as 85 NABARD irrigation schemes had already been completed during last three-and-a-half years while the work on 53 NABARD aided irrigation projects were on progress.

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