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Gujarat CM reviews irrigation schemes, stresses on planning to provide lift-irrigation to tribal areas

Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel today held a review meeting with top government officials and concerned ministers in Gandhinagar regarding water supply through lift irrigation particularly in tribal and hilly areas of Gujarat.

CM Smt Patel expressed the willingness to make all necessary financial provisions to meet the need in areas with water scarcity. She said that it is necessary that the department takes measures to revive the non-functioning irrigation societies.

CM Smt Patel took a detailed review of all the existing 1421 lift irrigation projects based on the water sources like rivers, lake, reservoirs, etc. providing irrigation benefits to about 51,660 hectares of land in the state. It was informed in the meeting that there are 27 lift irrigation projects worth Rs. 27.60 crore in progress, which will benefit 6370 hectare of land. Such visionary governance reflects pro-farmer and pro-people approach of the state government.

CM Smt Patel also took the details of the expense of Rs.109 crore sanctioned to undertake 110 lift irrigation projects planned to cover 8158 hectares area under irrigation.

CM Smt Patel instructed to immediately undertake works related to check dams and lakes in the tribal belt from Ambaji to Umergam. She also gave some important suggestions on budgetary provisions in the year 2016 for Kadana-Karjan-Kakrapar reservoir based lift irrigation projects and commencing the operations by June, 2016.

In this high level meeting, Water Resources Minister Shri Babubhai Bokhiria, State Minister Shri Nanubhai Vanani, Chief Principal Secretary to CM Shri K. Kailashnathan, Water Resources Secretary Shri M. K. Jadav, Secretary to CM Shri Ajay Bhadoo and senior engineers remained present.

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