State gets Rs 423-crore NABARD aid for irrigation

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned a loan assistance of Rs 423 crore to the state government for an irrigation project for laying a pipeline to link Narmada main canal with three major reservoirs in Sabarkantha district.

The loan has been sanctioned under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund. The government has accorded priority to strengthen the water resource infrastructure for supplying surface water to water scarce regions.

The project envisages lifting water from Narmada main canal by pipelines to three major reservoirs via Watrak, Mazam and Meshwo, which are having wide canal network to provide irrigation to 22,397 hectares in Sabarkantha.

"Apart from irrigation benefits, the proposed project would also provide direct benefits like recharge of groundwater, drinking water facility to 143 villages, reduction in maintenance of tubewells, enhancement in the agricultural activities, increase in soil moisture and green vegetation, besides leading to substantial recurring and nonrecurring employment generation," said H R Dave, chief general manager,Gujarat region, NABARD. The project is expected to be completed by December 31, 2015.

With this sanction, the cumulative assistance from NABARD to Gujarat aggregates to Rs 10,877 crore towards rural infrastructure development in the state against which a sum of Rs 7,661 crore has since been released.

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