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Chandigarh | Monday, Feb 1 2016 IST
Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar has approved a Rs 600 crore project for rehabilitation of Augmentation Canal from 0 to 75.250 kilometres, as it takes off from Hamida head near Yamunanagar, so as to augment the supply of irrigation and drinking water.

The project being implemented under Har Khet Ko Pani programme of the present State Government aims at increasing the supply of drinking and irrigation water in Haryana by increasing its discharge capacity from 4,500 cusecs to 6,000 cusecs especially in the southern Haryana where there is deficit of water.

While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that the project is being implemented as the vision of Haryana Government to utilise every drop of available water. The rehabilitation and remodelling of the augmentation canal would help meet the ever-growing demand for water in Haryana, especially during paddy season and will meet the requirements of drinking water in southern Haryana.

The complete reconstruction work on the augmentation canal would be undertaken for enhancing the capacity of channel including replacement of structures. He said that the augmentation canal was constructed in 1970-71 with capacity of 3,700 cusecs, which was increased to 4,500 cusecs in 1977.

While referring to the Jawahar Lal Nehru Feeder System, he said that this system is basically lift canal system in which about 100 Pump Houses have been constructed to supply water to higher reaches.

The system has been continuously running for the last 35 years during which no major rehabilitation of pumps or motors has been done. This has resulted in reduced efficiency of pumps by 40-50 per cent, which has further resulted in reduced lifting of discharge.

Extra pumps are being run to increase discharge which results in increased energy charges. At present, the energy charges for the system are about Rs 140 crores annually.

To resolve this problem, the present Government has approved a project amounting to Rs 143 crores for rehabilitation of Jawahar Lal Nehru Feeder System.MORE UNI NC AY RJ VN2007

-- (UNI) -- C-1-DL0293-568188.Xml

 
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