Central Water Commission gives assent to Rs 204 Cr irrigation project for Nurpur



Shimla: Irrigation and Public health minister Ravinder Singh Ravi informed Vidhan sabha that the Central Water Commission (CWC) has approved the Rs 204.51 crore irrigation project to be executed in Nurpur area of the Kangra district.

In a Suo Moto statement made in the house, he said that the technical advisory committee of the commission in its meeting held at Delhi yesterday gave final nod to this project, which would irrigate 4025 hectares of land in 70 villages of the area. Union Environment and Forest ministry has also agreed in principle to give clearance to the project and the regional office of the ministry at Chandigarh has also approved the project.

The minister said that under the project Rs 1 crore has been earmarked for the renewal of canal (Kul) for Bhatiyat block of Chamba district. This irrigation project had been named after a resident Phina Singh, who conceived the idea of this irrigation scheme near Chakikhud in Nurpur sub division of the Kangra district. Geological department of the centre had inspected the areas in view of the objection raised by the Central Water Commission.

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  1. The project has become an issue during first gram sabha (feb 6,2011) of Parchhode Panchayat .People of panchayat has moved a resolution against this project .Actually the water for irrigation to nurpur IPH sub division is being diverted from chakki and kalam khudd of bhattiyat (chamba).People of this area (bhattiyat) has formed a SANGHARSH SAMITI to oppose this project.President of himalaya bachao niti abhiyan Kulbhushan Upmanyu is too supporting the cause saying that this project is against natural justice.Local MLA Kuldeep Pathania also said that being MLA of area He has not been awared of project so far .So even after approval this project seems to face hurdles yet.

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