The Punjab Government has devised a proposal to install 110 new deep tube wells in the state which would entail a cost of Rs. 52.25 crore bringing 5500 hectare area under irrigation. Disclosing this, Irrigation Minister, Punjab, Mr. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said that this step has been mulled by the state government to provide more facilities of irrigation to farmers of the state.
The minister said that SAD-BJP government under the leadership of Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal, has spent Rs. 73.30 crore during previous 2 years on various works regarding tube wells under different schemes thereby bringing 3050 hectare barani land under irrigation. Divulging more, he said that with concretization and construction of canal water bodies (Khaal) and installation of deep tube wells, irrigation facilities being provided to the farmers of the state have increased manifold resulting in rapid development.
Mr. Dhillon further disclosed that the state government has concretized water bodies measuring 2215 kilo meters during last 2 years under various schemes at a cost of Rs. 328.28 crores which has lead to 130992 hectare area being brought under irrigation. During 2015, a total of Rs. 78.56 crores have been spent on giving concrete shape to 790 kilo meter long water bodies which brought 34946 hectare area under purview of irrigation facilities.
According to the minister, the government, during its previous 2 tenures has given concrete shape to 11117 kilometer long canal water bodies under various schemes at a cost of Rs. 1372.64 crore and this has brought better irrigational amenities to 544989 hectare area thereby proving beneficial to 189429 famers. He also informed that during the previous 2 tenures, the government has completed the work regarding 59 kilo meter long canal of Kandi Canal Stage-2 which has cost Rs. 261.05 crore to the state exchequer and brought 12061 hectare area under irrigation.