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K.S. Eshwarappa
K.S. Eshwarappa

Staff Correspondent

Meeting on April 29 to prepare action plan, says Eshwarappa

Rs. 2,900 crore allocated for irrigation in budgetRs. 1,041 crore to be used for 39 projects in Cauvery, Krishna basinsMeeting will also finalise use of remaining funds

Raichur: A high-level meeting of the Water Resource Department will be held in Bangalore on April 29 to discuss and finalise the utilisation of funds allocated for irrigation projects. The meeting will also prepare an action plan to speed up pending and ongoing works in the Cauvery and Krishna basins.

Minister for Water Resources K.S. Eshwarappa told presspersons here on Thursday said that the budgetary allocation for irrigation this year was Rs. 2,900 crore. A sum of Rs. 1,041 crore would be used for the implementation of 39 pending and ongoing projects in the two basins. The plan was to complete them in this financial year, he said.

Cauvery Niravari Nigam Ltd. would take up 11 projects at an estimated cost of Rs. 168 crore, Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd. eight projects at a cost of Rs. 228.90 crore and Karnataka Niravari Nigam Ltd. eight projects at a cost of Rs. 559.76 crore. Three projects would be implemented under the Gulbarga Irrigation Project Zone at a cost of Rs. 49.70 crore and nine projects under the Munirabad Irrigation Central Zone at a cost of Rs. 35.45 crore. A review meeting would be held every month to assess the progress of work, he said.

The meeting would also decide on allocating the remaining Rs. 1,859 crore for proposed and pending projects in the Cauvery and Krishna basins.

On complaints about the inferior quality of work on the Narayanpur Right Bank Canal in Raichur district, Mr. Eshwarappa said he was aware of the complaints against officials and contractors.

He would soon set up an expert committee for a thorough investigation into alleged malpractices in the construction of the canal, he added.

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