Irrigation Projects in Indus Basin on Fast Track - Important (Download PDF)

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4 project in Indus river basin planned by Union Government are not on fast track to increase irrigation area in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) . The area included in this project is 2.05 lakh acres. India had decided to utilize maximum amount of water from rivers, which pass through India and drain Pakistan- Indus, Jhelum, and Chenab.

  • Demonstrate Union Government՚s keen interest to irrigate greater swaths in India.
  • Include completing 99 small and medium irrigation projects in the ambitious Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKYS) .
  • Previously, In September 2016, Government decided to review the 56-year-old IWT In response to the Uri attack, asserting that “blood and water cannot flow together.”

Key Aspects

  • These three projects are expected to complete by this fiscal. 3 projects will provide water to around 1.45 lakh acres of land
    • Prakachik Khows Canal in Kargil
    • Tral Irrigation Project in Pulwama
    • Restoration and modernisation of main Ravi Canal in Jammu՚s Sambha and Kathua
Location of Irrigation Projects in Indus Basin
  • In December 2019, fourth project of Rajpora Lift Irrigation will be completed. It is expected to irrigate around 59,305 acres of land
  • Funds will be raised by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) .
  • Expected cost of all these works are ₹ 117 crore.

Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKYs)

  • Union Government launched PMKYS to improve physical access to water on farm.
  • Expand cultivable area by assured irrigation through major and minor irrigation projects. Also:
    • Improve on-farm water use efficiency
    • Introduce sustainable water conservation practices
  • PMKYS is a national mission to expand farm productivity and ensure better utilization of the resources in India.
  • Previously we covered that, Union Cabinet gave nod to Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKYS) .

Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP)

  • AIBP was launched in 1996 - 97 to give loan assistance to the States and to help them complete some of the incomplete irrigation projects in India.
  • 16769 Minor Irrigation (MI) Projects and 297 Major and Medium Irritation (MMI) Projects have benefitted from this programme.
  • Under AIBP, 143 projects have been completed.
  • April 2004, Grant component was introduced in the programme (similar to other Central Sector Schemes) .

Map Indus River

Location of Indus River

- Published/Last Modified on: September 6, 2017

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