Virbhader Singh directs for completing water supply schemes in stipulated period

Jan 06, 2016 15:35 |

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today directed the Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) department to ensure that all major drinking water supply and irrigation schemes were completed within the stipulated time.

The Chief Minister was presiding over the review meeting of IPH department, here today.  He said that total 1332 habitats had been provided drinking water during this financial year upto November, 2015 against the target of 2074 habitations. Similarly, 2043 hectare was covered under irrigation facility during this period against the target of 3500 hectare area.  

He said that detailed project report (DPR) amounting to Rs. 220 lakh for Salli to Dairni Rirkumar, Hathor Kuhal water supply scheme in Shahpur Assembly segment of Kangra district had been submitted to NABARD. The water supply scheme for Police line Dharamshala had been completed at a cost of more than Rs. 29.73 Crore. He said that DPR had been prepared for channelization of the small rivers flowing to Beas river covering the villages of Ganu Mandwara, Marwari, Raipur, Babehar, Daulatpur, Dangoh Khas Dangoh Khurd, Joh, Pirthipur and Saloh Berri. Due to the non-feasibility of lift irrigation scheme sanctioned at Ajroli in district Sirmour, the Chief Minister directed the department to locate another source of water.   

He directed to depute some senior officer from the department as a nodal officer to peruse the matter with Government of India (GoI) for releasing remaining funds of various centrally sponsored schemes. He said that GoI was not releasing installment of central assistance for various schemes due to which either these schemes had not been completed in stipulated time or work progress was very slow.

The Chief Minister also directed to expedite the work on the channelisation of the Pabbar River in Shimla district,  Chhounchh Khad in Kangra district, Beas river from Pulchan to Aut in district Kullu and Seer Khad from Barchhwar to Jahoo in Sarkaghat. He said that channelization of river Beas would be done on priority. A DPR amounting to Rs. 1155.15 Crore had been prepared and submitted to Government of India.

He said that the work of channelization on main Swan river was the top priority of the State government but the GoI had not released the secondinstallment of Rs 107.80 crore. He said that the case had been submitted to the Central water commission, Union Ministry of water resources but  so far only reimbursement of Rs. 9 Crore had been released and  the matter would again taken-up with GoI.



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He said that sewerage system would be extended to Manali rural areas for which DPR amounting to Rs. 101 Crore had been prepared. He directed the department for conducting the survey and preparation of estimate for sewerage scheme to Chirgaon town and submit the proposal at the earliest.

Shri Virbhadra Singh said that against the target of 3500 hectares fixed for the year 2015-16, an area of more than 2044 hectares had been covered under minor irrigation in the State.   He said that the department should focus on gravity water schemes so that electricity charges could be minimized.

Irrigation and Health Minister Smt. Vidya Stokes said that augmentation of LWSS of village Gharog Ghandal (PH-1) and Basantpur Kalvi Nadukhar (PH-II)  in district Shimla was approved for Rs. 105.53 crore. She said that work was under progress on the schemes and the proposal had been sent for bilateral assistance under BRICS New Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

She said that augmentation and integration of WSS of Matyana, Kumarsain, Sainj and surrounding villages in district Shimla was approved for Rs. 149.43 Crore.