NABARD sanctions Rs 82.48 Cr for projects in Himachal



Shimla (Nov 10): NABARD has sanctioned Rs 82.48 crore to Himachal Pradesh for creation of rural infrastructure, taking the aggregate sanction during the year 2010-11 to Rs 290.92 crore under Tranche-XVI (for 2010-11) of the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) of NABARD, its senior functionary said here today.

State NABARD general manager Dr Rajender Singh said in a press release issued here that the sanctioned amount is for construction of one major rural water supply project, 16 rural water supply projects & 4 flood protection projects.

The major RWS project is located in Bilaspur district for source level augmentation of various water supply schemes in the Sadar, Ghumarwin and Jhandutta blocks. This will benefit 180 villages, the project has an outlay of Rs 50.24 crore and the RIDF assistance is Rs 45.22 crore. The 16 other rural water supply schemes consist of 3 gravity water supply schemes and 13 lift water supply schemes in the districts of Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi and Solan. The total outlay is Rs. 17.50 crore and RIDF assistance is Rs. 15.75 crore. A total number of 61,803 residents would be benefited by these projects.

The four flood protection projects are located in districts Hamirpur, Kangra, Solan and Una. This includes the major Swan River Flood Management and Land Development project Phase II. The total outlay is Rs. 22.63 crore and RIDF assistance sanctioned is Rs. 21.50 crore. 15000 hectares of land will be benefited as also rural assets located in the proposed project area.

With this sanctions, NABARD has so far sanctioned Rs. 2982 crore, under all tranches of RIDF to the State, of which Rs 1841.47 crore has already been disbursed. The sanctioned projects cover 1,472 irrigation projects, 762 rural roads projects, 218 bridges, 118 watershed projects, 40 flood protection works, 1,213 primary school buildings, 64 science laboratories in schools, 25 IT projects, 530 rural drinking water schemes, 397 animal husbandry centres and hospitals, 16500 polyhouses with related minor irrigation structures and more than 20,000 hectares of micro irrigation structures.

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