Tenders for the second and third phases to be completed by March
GADAG: Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that the first phase of the Singatalur Lift Irrigation Scheme had been completed and 8,000 acres of land would be brought under irrigation by July.
Speaking to presspersons at Dambal in Gadag district on Friday, Mr. Bommai said that the tender process for the second and third phases of the project would be completed in March.
“We have set a target of bringing agricultural lands in Koppal, Ron, Hadagali and Mundargi taluks under lift irrigation by the end of 2011 and for this purpose, work is being implemented on the fast-track,” Mr. Bommai said.
He said that the Singatalur Lift Irrigation Scheme was a long-pending demand of the farmers of the region. Shortly, their dream would be realised. The Minister said that the farmers of Haveri district were utilising water from the Upper Tunga Project for irrigation and the farmers of Mundargi, Koppal, Hadagali and Ron would benefit by the Singatalur Lift Irrigation Scheme. He said that Rs. 172 crore had been spent for civil works and Rs. 50 crore for land acquisition.
Mr. Bommai said that once the construction of the barrage for the project was completed, Gummagol, Bidaralli and Hammagi villages in Mundargi taluk would get partially submerged. The survey work had been taken up for permanent shifting of the villages.
Earlier, Mr. Bommai inaugurated classrooms constructed under Sarva Shikshan Abhiyan at Pethalur village in Mundargi taluk. He laid the foundation stone for the third stage of the “Suvarna Gramodaya” Scheme.
Work worth Rs. 107 crore is being taken up in the village. The projects are being executed by Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited.
MP Shivakumar Udasi, MLAs Kalakappa Bandi and Ramanna Lamani and MLC Shivaraj Sajjanar and Sri Suyateendra Swamiji of Mantralaya spoke.