CM Bommai declares next 10 years as decade of irrigation

Bangalore, 20/1: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday announced that the next 10 years will be declared as Neeravari Dsahaka (irrigation decade) during which special impetus would be given to major projects to bring 10 lakh hectares of dry land under irrigation.



“The state has set a target of bringing 40.66 lakh hectares under irrigation. So far, 30 lakh hectares have been covered under irrigation and the remaining 10.66 lakh hectares of dry land will be brought under irrigation in the next 10 years. The double-engine government will pump in adequate funds to achieve the target,” Bommai said at an event to mark the foundation stone laying for a slew of development works, including the modernisation of Narayanpur Left Bank Canal (NLBC), at Kodekal in Hunasagi



Claiming that NLBC is Asia’s largest SCADA-enabled project, Bommai thanked PM Modi for including the NLBC project under Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) and providing Rs 1,011 crore for it.


The GIS-based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) crest gates for NLBC will help in judicious and effective use of water. The technology will ensure water reaches the tail-end fields in the parched Vijayapura, Kalaburagi and Yadgir districts, Bommai explained

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