Irrigation projects in drought prone Bundelkhand to prove to be hallmark of U.P in future

Lucknow: In its continuing efforts to irrigate parched land and made it agriculture friendly, the Yogi government of Uttar Pradesh has decided that it will irrigate 16.49 lakh hectares of additional land from the irrigation project till next year, so as to ensure that agriculture does not take a beating. It is said that about 40.56 lakh farmers will be benefited by this.

In its first cabinet itself, the Yogi government, which waived off the loans of lakhs of small and marginal farmers of the state, is claiming to work continuously in the matter of agriculture. It is being said in the irrigation project water will be supplied to those areas where there is a lot of damage to agriculture due to lack of water.

Interestingly the scheme will include Saryu Canal, Umrah, Ratoli, Lakheri, Bhavni, Masgaon, Chilli, Barwar Lake and Babina as the source of this project. Farmers of all regions (Purvanchal, Western Uttar Pradesh and Bundelkhand) will be benefited by these irrigation projects. Reportedly the drought prone farmers of Bundelkhand will get maximum benefit.

Such projects are necessary for Bundelkhand, which is often hit by drought due to relatively less rainfall. The Yogi government has the highest focus on Bundelkhand. Chief Engineer of Irrigation Department AK Singh said that in view of the priority, the government completed the Rasin Dam Project (Chitrakoot) Bandai Dam Project (Lalitpur) during March 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

This irrigated additional land is of 2290 and 3025 hectares in the respective districts. Electricity is also being generated from a 2.50 capacity solar plant at the top of Jakhlaun Pump Canal (Lalitpur). In the coming days, projects like Chilli, Kulpahar and Shahzad of Bundelkhand will become a model for the state.

These are being connected to the sprinkler system. This will result in more irrigation with less water and the yield will also increase.

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