Punjab government on Wednesday sanctioned 280 tubewells for Kandi area at a cost of Rs 108 crore to tackle problem of shortage of irrigation water.
Punjab’s Deputy Deputy Chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal after a meeting with the officials of irrigation department sanctioned 280 tubewells and said that SAD-BJP government is fully committed to develop agriculture and encourage crop diversification to develop Kandi area.
Sukhbir Badal that he had got a comprehensive study done on irrigation requirement of the area and as per findings of that study, 280 spots were identified, where there was an immediate requirement of digging deep tubewells.
“Irrigation Department have been instructed to immediately tender out digging of 280 tubewells and as per availability of digging rigs in the market,” Sukhbir said, adding that 140 deep tubewells will be handed over to farmer community by September 30 while the remaining 140 will be operational by March 31, 2014.
Sukhbir further approved relining of all minors in the state and said that 65 years old minor irrigation network needs immediate revitalization to ensure water to the farmers at the tail ends.
“In future Irrigation Department while tendering these projects should make the construction agency accountable for maintaining that system for next 15 years,” he said while asking the Secretary Irrigation to redraft the tender documents incorporating this clause, in which construction agency would conduct annual maintenance of the canal system, de-silting besides de-weeding the whole system.
He added that tender should also incorporate the clause making construction agency accountable for ensuring supply of water at tail end of the system besides monitoring the usage of Canal Water at different points.