Minister Silawat meets CM Chouhan

Bhopal: Water Resources Minister Shri Tulsiram Silawat called on Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan today and discussed about the irrigation structures damaged by excessive rainfall in Gwalior-Chambal region. He told Chief Minister Shri Chouhan that extensive damage has taken place in about 660 minor irrigation schemes, dams and canal systems of 38 medium and major projects in Sheopur, Shivpuri, Gwalior, Bhind, Morena, Ashoknagar, Guna and Datia districts of Gwalior- Chambal region. This will affect about 8 lakh hectare Rabi area. He said that in order to provide irrigation facilities to the farmers for Rabi crops, it is very important to complete the repair work of damaged canals and other water structures before October 15, 2021. Minister Shri Silavat said that he has taken stock of situation by visiting the entire area.

An estimate of Rs 816 crore has been made for repair, reconstruction and restoration of dams, canals and other water structures damaged by heavy rains based on preliminary survey. Minister Shri Silavat urged Chief Minister Shri Chouhan to sanction the amount as per the estimates and sanction about Rs.300 crore on priority basis.

Irrigation projects affected by heavy rains

Minister Shri Silavat informed that excessive rains have caused a lot of damage to dams and canal systems. Due to excessive rainfall in the catchment area of ​​Upper Kaketo, Kaketo and Harsi dams, Abda dam and Mahuar dams of Gwalior-Chambal region, the guide wall constructed in the downstream of the dam, stilling basin, falls of waste weir etc. have been damaged. He informed that about Rs 85 crore is likely to be spent on repair and restoration of these dams. Similarly, the Chambal canal project, which irrigates 3 lakh 62 thousand hectare area of ​​Sheopur, Morena and Bhind districts, has been the most affected. The 169 km long main CRMC is totally damaged at about 85 places. Apart from this, about 20 percent damage has been done in the distributary, minor and sub-minor canals. Initially, about Rs 250 crore will be required for the improvement works of 3200 km length canal system.

Minister Shri Silavat informed that a 244 km long main canal of Rajghat canal project has been damaged at many places. Due to this, irrigation will be affected in two lakh one thousand hectare area in Datia, Bhind and Shivpuri districts. Apart from this, about 15 percent damage has been done in the distributary minor and sub-minor canals. Initially, about Rs 40 crore will be required for the repairing work. He informed that the damage to Harsi canal system will affect the Rabi irrigation of 66 thousand hectare area of ​​Gwalior district. Initially, about Rs 25 crore will be required for the repairing work of 500 km canal system. Similarly, due to the damage of Mahuar canal system, Rabi irrigation will be affected in 10 thousand hectare area of ​​Shivpuri district. Initially, about Rs 20 crore will be required for repairing work of the canal system. Rabi irrigation will be affected in one lakh 3 thousand 500 hectare area of ​​Shivpuri, Datia and Gwalior districts due to damage of Sindh and Hasi high level canal system. Initially, about Rs 15 crore will be required for repairing work of the canal system.