Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal approved a project for the rehabilitation and upgrade of irrigation water channels in south-west Punjab comprising of districts Fazilka, Muktsar, Bathinda and parts of Ferozepur at a cost of Rs150 crore.
Badal directed the irrigation department to take up the project immediately and complete the same by December this year.
Presiding over a high level meeting to review the progress of various irrigation projects here Tuesday, Badal said that the project should be taken up on top priority. Badal further said that funds to the tune of Rs100 crore would be taken from NABARD and another batch of Rs 50 crore from Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) for the purpose.
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It was also decided in the meeting that 27 minors and distributaries in south west Punjab which were in bad shape would be immediately taken up for repair, rehabilitation and remodeling at a cost of Rs 83 crore. Badal asked the Chief Engineer Canals to immediately prepare a project of these canals for sanction from the government.