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Canal relining project report filed

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Abohar, August 2

In response to a grievance petition submitted to the Prime Minister, the Jal Shakti Ministry has informed that the Punjab Government had on June 19 sent a detailed project report (DPR) to the Rajasthan Government, stating that the relining of the Ferozepur feeder canal will cost Rs 348.14 crore.

In June, the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti had filed a petition before the Prime Minister and the Minister of Jal Shakti, stating that the Ferozepur feeder’s renovation work had been hanging fire due to lack of coordination.

In December 2014, the then Minister for Water Resources Department Dr Ram Pratap Sahu of Rajasthan had told the then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of the delay in the relining of Ferozepur/Rajasthan Feeder and Sirhind Feeder, which carried water to the state from the Harike headworks in Punjab. Subsequently, Badal had informed Sahu that the process of relining of the canals, worth Rs 200 crore, was in the pipeline, and global tenders in this connection had already been floated. The seepage from the 60-year-old Ferozepur feeder with a capacity of 15,000 cusecs was found to be 21 per cent of the total annual groundwater recharge. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had also taken up the matter with CM Capt Amarinder Singh last year. — OC

from The Tribune

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