The Union government has cleared funding of Rs. 5,000 crore for two major irrigation projects — Narayanpur Left Bank Canal (NLBC) and Upper Tunga Project — in the State.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Minister for Water Resources M.B. Patil said that the Technical Advisory Committee of the Central Water Commission (CWC) cleared the funding for two projects at a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Now, the State government would submit a proposal to the Planning Commission to seek funding for the two projects to be implemented in a phased manner.

The Union government would release funds to the State depending on the progress of the two projects, he said.

The Union government would grant Rs. 4,051 crore for remodelling the NLBC and Rs. 2,500 crore for the Upper Tunga Project in Shimoga. The canals of the Narayanpur Dam in the Gulbarga division would be remodelled to ensure easy flow of water and also that water reached the tail-end farmers. The NLBC remodelling work would be completed in a three-to-five year period.

The State government has spent more than Rs. 1,500 corre on the Upper Tunga Project. The foundation for project was laid by then Chief Minister S. Bangarappa in 1992, and work began in 1999. The former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa inaugurated the project on July 11, 2010.