Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said that a project at an estimated cost of Rs 235 crore has been approved in principle for utilising about 140 cusec of treated waste water at 35 locations in 21 districts of the state. He said that the government has a plan to utilise the treated water from Swerage Treatment Plants (STPs) of the state. One pilot project costing Rs 3.65 crore has been taken up for using treated waste water from three STPs, namely, Ladwa, Shahbad and Pehowa towns which would benefit farmers of three villages and to irrigate 290 hectare land by micro-irrigation system.
He said that in order to effectively utilise overflowing water from 50 village ponds, a novel pilot project costing Rs 16.68 crore has been approved which would bring 1319 hectare un-command land under micro-irrigation. “Our government has also planned to construct small dams for utilisation of water from various small rivulets of lower Shivalik hills passing through the state and feasibility reports of eight such dams with estimated cost of Rs 273 crore, namely, Adi Badri, Darpur, Nagli, Chikan, Kansli, Khilanwal, Ambawali. Once constructed, they will have storage capacity of 15,130 acre feet and would irrigate command area of 14,577 acres besides helping in flood mitigation,” he added.
The Chief Minister said that the capacity of the WJC system has reduced over a period of time due to siltation and berms formation. The Government has therefore decided to increase the capacity of the entire system to utilise Haryana’s share in Yamuna during rainy season. In first phase, two components that is enhancement in capacity of augmentation canal from Hamida to Picholia from 4500 cusecs to 6000 cusecs at the cost of Rs 489 crore and that of WJC main line lower between Hamida and Indri from 15,733 cusecs to 17,530 cusecs at the cost of Rs 120 crore have already been approved.
He said that his government is committed to drawing maximum out of Haryana’s due share of water from all the river systems. It is also due to the consistent efforts of this government that the decision of the Supreme Court has come in favour of Haryana and now the government will leave no stone unturned for completion of SYL. “Our efforts for completion of upstream storage dams on Yamuna have also borne fruit and investment clearance of Rs 4,000 crore has been granted by the Government of India for construction of Renuka dam,” he said.