Water Resource Minister Mr. Brijmohan Agrawal has demanded immediate decision on State Government’s proposals in interest of Chhattigarh’s farmers in the inter-state irrigation projects of Odisha-Andhra Pradesh in the daylong regional summit on water resource of eastern states organized in Kolkata today.
Union Water Resource Minister of State Mr. Arjun Ram Meghwal presided over the summit and Water Resource Minister of Chhattisgarh Mr. Agrawal effectively presented Chhattisgarh Government’s stand on all these cases.
Water Resource Minister Mr. Agrawal requested Central Water Commission for early sanction of revised input cost of Kelo Extensive Project i.e. Rs 990 crore 34 lakh, one of the three irrigation projects Chhattisgarh selected under Prime Minister Agriculture Irrigation Scheme.
Water Resource Minister of West Bengal and Odisha also attended the summit and representatives of Water Resource Departments of Jharkhand and Bihar were also present on the occasion.
In the summit, Mr Agrawal presented Chhattisgarh’s stand in the discussions related to the cases of proposed
irrigation project on Ib River of Odisha, Telgiri Medium Irrigation Project, Navrangpur Irrigation Project, Khadga Barrage Project, Upper Jonk Inter-state Project (Patora Dam), Indravati Jora Nala dispute, Godavari (Inchampalli)-Kaveri (Grand Anicut) Link Project.
He also talked about Kelo Extensive Project, Middle Kolab Multipurpose Project and Urmal Project (Mainpur, Gariaband district). Mr. Agrawal raised objection over the water level of water reservoir under Odisha Government’s project irrigation project on River Ib. He said that in this project, 110 hectare agriculture land of Chhattisgarh is falling under low-lying area.
Hence, affected farmers will become landless after implementation of this project and with that, Chhattisgarh’s total geographical area will also decrease. Likewise, Mr. Agrawal assertively demanded protection of Chhattisgarh’s interest in all the aforementioned projects.
Mr. Agrawal requested to restart the construction of Urmal anicut on Tel River in Mainpur block of Gariaband district. The summit was also attended by Water Resource Department Secretary Mr. Sonmoni Borah, Chief Engineer Mr. HR Kutare and other senior department officials.>