Entire canal system being remodelled: Bommai

There appears to be hope for the much-delayed Bennethora Major Irrigation Project in Gulbarga district, with the scheme likely to be completed by early 2013.

It is designed to provide irrigation to more than 50,000 acres in the drought-prone Chitapur and Sedam taluks, as well as parts of Gulbarga taluk.

“I agree Bennethora is a black spot among all irrigation projects in the State and has been delayed inordinately. I assure you that it will be completed by 2012-13,” said Minister for Water Resources Basavaraj Bommai here on Thursday.

25 km completed

Speaking to presspersons after participating in Republic Day celebrations here, he said the remodelling of the entire canal and distributary system of the project had been taken up.

Work in the first 25 km of both left and right bank canals had been completed and around 4,500 hectares in the command area had been provided water this year.

The right and left bank canals would be given concrete lining, distributaries were being repaired and field irrigation channels (FICs) would be redone, he said.

Other projects

The Minister said work on the Bhima Lift Irrigation Project, designed to provide water to nearly 60,000 acres in Afzalpur and Jewargi taluks, was in advanced stages of completion. The dam was complete, while lift points and construction of canals had been taken up.

He said that all “bottlenecks” in the completion of the Gandorinala Medium Irrigation Project had been overcome and the full irrigation potential — of around 20,000 acres — would be achieved by next season.

Work on the main canal in the Lower Mullamani Irrigation Project was completed up to 60 km, with 20 km remaining; over 10,000 acres had been provided water.

  • Scheme to irrigate 50,000 acres in Chitapur, Sedam and Gulbarga taluks

  • Bhima Lift Irrigation Project nearly complete