- Narmada water will irrigate Nimar and Malwa region in western Madhya Pradesh
- No privitisation of water
- Anti-development elements will not be allowed to succeed
Bhopal: Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh – the central Indian State – on Friday announced that water will not be allowed to be privatized and an action plan will be chalked out for distribution of drinking water.
The Chief Minister made this announced at a special function to mark the dedication of Punasa lift irrigation project in Khandwa district.
The Chief Minister gave the assurance that the survey of villages not yet covered by the Punasa lift irrigation project will be done. He also directed officials to also take up the survey work for lift irrigation in the Harsud area.
Chouhan gave the assurance that water from Narmada will be taken to every village in Nimar and Malwa region for irrigation purpose. Micro irrigation projects will be taken up for optimum utlisation of Narmada water to irrigate about 37 lakh hectares, he said adding Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar reservoirs will be filled upto 191 meters to ensure Narmada water reaches every village. For this, the Chief Minister took conscent from the audience and those present were prompt in responding by raising their hands.
Describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a world leader, the chief minister said that his initiatves are creating a distinct identity of India. The Land Acquisition Bill, a law enacted by the Britishers, is being repealed and this has caused unnecessary flutter among the opposition parties.
Addressing a gathering of villagers at a special event to mark the release of Narmada water Barwani disrict from Indira Sagar Project Chouhan gave the stiff message that anti-development elements will not be allowed to succeed. He said that water from Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar projects will be taken to every village in the Nimar region. A new crop insurance policy is under consideration to ensure a minimum definite income for farmers. Efforts are also on to create a Rs. 1000 crore Kisan Kalyan Kosh (farmers’ welfare fund). A workshop in this regard will be held at Bhopal on June 15-16.
Thousands of people at the public meeting at Dawana village hailed release of Narmada water by raising the slogan “Narmada Mayya Ki Jai” (salutaion to Mother Narmada). The main canal is 243 kms long. The Chief Minister performed Narmada Pooja at village Jhirniya. Through the canal, farmers will irrigate over 60,000 hectares annually.