The Union government has given its final approval for redesigning and modernising the Narayanpur Left Bank Canal and its four branch canals — Jewargi, Shahpur, Mudbol and Indi — of the Upper Krishna Project at a cost of Rs. 3,060 crore, Union Minister for Labour and Employment M. Mallikarjun Kharge said here on Saturday.

He said the modernisation of the canal would arrest seepage and reclaim 37,580 hectares of waterlogged land in the command area that had been affected by salinity and alkalinity. Mr. Kharge said a decision was taken in this regard on Friday and added that this would restore irrigation in the command area to its original level of 1,05,623 hectares. He said it was for the State government to submit a detailed project report for the canal’s modernisation to the Union government and get it approved. He said the State government should first spend money on modernising the canal and later get reimbursement from the Centre.

Mr. Kharge said that the State government had a time limit of three years to redesign and modernise the canal system of the Upper Krishna Project.

He said the Centre had already given approval for converting the Sannati irrigation project into a major lift irrigation project at a cost of Rs. 520 crore.