The State Government is undertaking constant efforts to increase area of irrigation in the state. For this purpose, 23 new projects have been chalked out in the current year 2011. One lakh 36 thousand 459 hectare more area will come under irrigation after completion of these projects. Notably, the Central Works Committee (CWC) and Planning Commission have given their go-ahead to Ujjain district’s 11 thousand 900 hectare irrigation capacity project and Severkheri drinking water project along with 3,170 hectare irrigation capacity Kachhal project.According to the announcements made by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan during the recent Budget Session of Madhya Pradesh, a strategy has been chalked out to expedite implementation of irrigation projects. Even deadlines have been fixed for undertaking survey, securing permissions and fixing construction agencies for the above mentioned projects. All these formalities will be completed within a year.
Construction agencies to be fixed this year
With the objective of expediting work of these new irrigation projects, the process of fixing construction agencies will be completed promptly. In view of it, the construction agencies for 21 out of 23 new medium irrigation projects will be fixed by the end of the current year 2011 itself while the construction agencies for the rest of two projects will be fixed by March 2012.
Current status of the process
Out of the 23 new-medium irrigation projects, the survey, DPR etc. of 6,100 hecatre capacity Seep Kolar and 3,170 hectare capacity Kachhal projects have already been approved. Similarly, Sonpur, Runj, Patne, Midhasan and Bhitri Muthmuru projects’ survey work has been completed and their DPRs have also been prepared. Besides, the process of completing these formalities for Bilgaon, Uribagh, Datooni, Odari, Severkheri, Begmati, Mundla, Bunkpura, Keetkheri, Semri, Chhoti Utawali, Mona river, Thikriya and Harpura projects is in the final stage. December 2011 has been fixed as the deadline for the work of change of use of forest land for these 23 projects.
As far approval of the rest of 21 projects is concerned, June 2012 has been fixed as the deadline for securing approval from the CWC and Planning Commission