Chandigarh, Apr 17 (UNI) The Rs 267 crore Dadupur-Nalvi Irrigation Project, which will meet the irrigation needs of 223 villages of the Yamunanagar, Ambala and Kurukshetra districts of Haryana, will be completed within a record period of three years, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said today.
He stated this while addressing a public meeting in Shahbad after performing the Bhoomi Poojan ceremony of the project at Chhapra in Kurukshetra district today.
Mr Hooda said on completion this canal would prove a lifeline for the farmers of this area.
He said the Congress had promised in its election manifesto the construction of this canal on a priority basis.
The Chief Minister lambasted the previous Chautala government for misguiding the people of this area and not taking any concrete steps for construction of the canal whose foundation had been laid long ago.
He said the former Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of this canal without making any provisions of funds in the state budget. But the present government had promised the people to complete two big irrigation projects--Bhakhra Main Line Hansi Butana Link Canal and the Dadupur-Nalvi Irrigation Project which would provide equitable distribution of water to the farmers of the state.
He said keeping in view the interest of the farmers, the present government took a decision of fixing the compensation rate for acquiring the land of farmers for constructing roads, canals and hospitals at the rate of Rs eight lakh per acre.
Mr Hooda said the state government had already given an amount of Rs 46 crore as compensation to the farmers for the project and an amount of Rs 40 crore had been provided for expediting the ground work of the canal.
The Chief Minister also announced to double the medical allowance of all the employees working in the sugar mills of the state from Rs 125 to Rs 250 per month.
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