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Farmers cheer as J’khand gets first irrigation network

The project will channel water from Ajay river through a barrage to a 110 km long canal that would irrigate 16 villages in Jamtara district and Sikatia village in Deoghar district.

Written by Manoj Prasad | Ranchi |
April 21, 2012 12:26:59 am

Jharkhand Friday inaugurated its first irrigation network,bringing water to more than a dozen villages that have been waiting for more than three decades for the Rs 297 crore canal project to roll.

The project will channel water from Ajay river through a barrage to a 110 km long canal that would irrigate 16 villages in Jamtara district and Sikatia village in Deoghar district.

Work the project first began in 1975 but was stopped mid-way.

After Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar in 2000,the project was revived and Rs 351.84 crore set aside for it. The barrage was completed in 2007 but canals and distributaries were left unfished.

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Work resumed after the Arjun Munda government came to power in 2010. On Friday,Munda inaugurated the canal. “Hope this heralds a green revolution in this belt,” he said.

The project — much needed in Jharkhand where arable land is less than 24 percent as against the national average of 40 percent — has brought cheer to farmers.

“Not only kharif but cultivating rabi crops also would not be a problem now. Besides,the rise in the well and ponds level will help raise the water table which means that even if the monsoon is delayed,we will be safe next Kharif season,” said Dina Nath Manjhi of Sikatia village.

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