Thursday, 20 January 2022

Saryu canal project launched by PM Modi

Saryu canal project launched by PM Modi

In a move to support farmers in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the poll-bound state's Balrampur district on Saturday and inaugurate Saryu Nahar National Project.

As per PM Office (PMO) release, the 6,623-kilometer long canal system will provide assured water for irrigation of over 14 lakh hectare area of land to the benefit of about 29 lac farmers of nine districts in the region – Maharajganj, Shravasti, Gonda, Balrampur, Siddharthnagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Gorakhpur, and Bahraich.

The PMO said that even though work on the project began in 1978, it was delayed due to a lack of continuity of financial support, interdepartmental coordination, and adequate monitoring. It was not completed even after more than forty-year.

The project was only settled after the PM government took active measures to complete it, said the release, highlighting that of the project's total ₹9,800-crore cost, more than ₹4,600 crores was provisioned in the last four years.

PM Modi tweeted.

"A project that was incomplete for forty-year has been finished in four years,"

Saryu canal project launched by PM Modi 1Twitter image: @myogiadityanath

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What are the features of the Saryu Nahar National Project?

• The project involves the interlinking of five rivers—Ghaghara, Saryu, Rapti, Banganga, and Rohini—to ensure optimum usage of water resources of the region. The sub canals with 6,600km have been linked to the 318km central canal.

• The project will provide guaranteed water for irrigation of over 14 lakh hectares of land and benefit 29 lakh farmers of more than 6,200 villages, according to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

• The farmers of eastern UP, who were arguably the worst sufferers of the inordinate delay in the canal project, are now expected to benefit from the upgraded irrigation potential and grow crops on a larger scale, maximizing the agri-potential of the region.

• According to the Uttar Pradesh government, the canal project, in addition to providing a boost to the agriculture sector in eastern Uttar Pradesh, will also be an essential milestone in the BJP government's pledge to double the income of farmers by 2022.

• The canal system is also expected to protect the districts of eastern UP from recurrent floods.

On Saturday, the prime minister inaugurated the Saryu Nahar National Project at Balrampur in Uttar Pradesh, protesting farmers returning to their villages from the Delhi border due to the peasants' unions calling off their year-long agitation against the now-repealed farm laws.

It shows the farmers' trust in the Bharatiya Janata Party government, a BJP leader told HT, adding that functionaries have been mobilized to make the inauguration program successful.

The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government, has also launched a massive campaign on social media and in the rural areas of eastern UP, tagging the project a significant milestone of the party's double engine government at the Centre and state.

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