MHA examines PMDP, other projects of Jal Shakti department

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Srinagar: The Interior Ministry discussed the PMDP and other projects of Jal Shakti Department on Friday in a high-level meeting with government officials from J&K and Punjab, an official press release said.

He said the meeting was attended by Chief Secretary J&K, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, as well as Department Secretary-Commissioner Jal Shakti and PM&DD Secretary. Piyush Goyal, Additional Secretary, MHA, in addition to representatives of the Ministry of Expenses, and Jal Shakti attended the meeting.

He was informed that the ShahpurKandi project has an irrigation potential of 53,927 hectares and will provide irrigation facilities to the two predominantly Kandi districts – Samba and Kathua, thereby improving the agricultural potential of these areas.

Commissioner Secretary Jal Shakti, J&K informed that land acquisition procedures have been initiated by the J&K government for the remaining part of the Ravi Canal and as compensation payable to landowners is established the same will be forwarded to officials of the Punjab government.

He informed that out of a total of 192 kanals to be acquired for the project, only about 5% remains to be acquired and transferred to the executing agency and that the works are not delayed due to the non-transfer of this small portion of land. to the executing agency.

The chief secretary assured MHA officials that the fund requirements for compensation will be determined within the next 15 days and forwarded to the government of Punjab, according to the press release.

The representative of the government of Punjab informed that the filling of the ShahpurKandi reservoir would result in the submersion of part of the Lakhanpur-Basohli road.

The Chief Secretary asked the Administrative Secretary of Jal Shakti Department to develop a plan to either realign the road or design an alternative bridge / road project to be executed as a priority and in accordance with the project timelines so that the reservoir retention targeted by the government of Punjab in the first quarter of calendar year 2023 is not delayed by the submersion of part of the Lakhanpur-Basohli road.

While reviewing the Ujh Multi-Purpose Project, the Additional Secretary, MHA indicated the early approval of the project for the improvement of irrigation potential, according to the press release.

He indicated that the cost of the project has been revised from Rs 9,167 Cr to Rs 11,908 Cr and that the project funding model is 90:10, the prior agreement of the UT government is required before submitting it to the TAC for approval at revised project cost.

The Chief Secretary assured that UT would provide its agreement on the revised cost of the MPP Ujh project within 15 days.

While observing that Phase II of the Comprehensive Flood Management Plan for the Jehlum River and its Tributaries is approved under the PMDP in 2015-2016 and therefore its execution needs to be accelerated, Dr Mehta requested MHA officials to accelerate the release of funds for the project so that its implementation can start.

Additional Secretary, MHA announced that approval for Phase II of the Jehlum River Flood Management Plan will be transmitted within two months.



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