Shivalik Hills of Kangra, Hamirpur and Una district will be covered under this project
Shimla/ April 23
Loose fragile Shivalik hills will soon get scientific treatment under a new upcoming major project of Swan River Flood Management and Integrated Development Project to mitigate the problem of lowering ground water level and water scarcity.
Sources said that Swan River Flood Management and Integrated Development Project authority was preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of a major project worth Rs. 1000 crore which would be focused on the water conservation and to boost the agriculture and horticulture activities. The project would cover the areas of Hamirpur, Kangra and Una district where the agriculture is the livelihood of most of the people of this region.
It is worth mentioning that these three districts of Himachal Pradesh have very fragile ecology and lowering ground water level has been a great cause of worry in these areas.
Sources said that Swan River Flood Management and Integrated Development Project authority had written to Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) to fund the project and the agency has given its green signal to go ahead, recently.
Now Swan River Flood Management and Integrated Development authority is preparing proposal.
“We are preparing the DPR of project, which would be soon send to the state government for approval”, the director, Swan River Flood Management and Integrated Development Project, T.D Sharma said.
He said that the data related to the project was being collected.
Sources said that this would be the ever biggest project in this region which would also help to provide employment to the thousands of people of this area.
This project is supposed to boost the water conservation activities by constructing check dams, water harvesting structures, developing irrigation channels etc at Panchayat level.
The pasture development programme would be also part of this project under which the improved species of grass would be implanted. The green fodder scarcity is also a major problem in these areas and this would give boost to the dairy development programme of the state government.
In this region the number of rainy days does not average more than 50-60 days in a year. Due to hilly terrain water moves very fast towards the lower area leading to soil erosion. Further, there remains water scarcity for 7 to 8 months every year, in these districts.
The water scarcity is affecting the horticultural and agricultural activities and the project will give boost to these activities. This project would also help in converting the wasteland and dry land into fertile land which is available in at large in these districts.