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Bargi will be made national project, says Union minister Uma Bharti

BHOPAL: Union Water Resources Development Minister Uma Bharti has said that Bargi project of the state will be made a national project. She praised Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for efforts to save Narmada from pollution. Uma said that Madhya Pradesh’s increase in area under irrigation is astonishing.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that intensive plantation would be undertaken on both banks of Narmada. An integrated time-bound scheme for cleaning and conservation of this holy river will be sent to the Centre.

Chouhan and Union Minister Bharti participated in a high level meeting to resolve pending issues of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh pertaining to water resources department NVDA. Water Resources Minister Jayant Malaiya and Minister of State for Narmada Valley Development Lal Singh Arya were also present on the occasion.

Chouhan said that Narmada Parikrama Path has been planned without harming environment. A preliminary scheme costing Rs 1600 crore has been chalked out to prevent polluted water from falling into Narmada.

He said that Madhya Pradesh’s historic growth rate is the result of extension in irrigation facilities. Incomplete irrigation projects were completed and new irrigation projects started. Irrigation capacity was increased from 7.5 lakh hectare to 27 lakh hectare. Narmada-Kshipra Link Project was launched.

The Centre has given in-principle consent to Ken-Betwa Project. This project will change economic scenario of Bundelkhand region. He said that Bina River Project should also be included in it. Complications of Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) should be simplified and the states which have completed incomplete irrigation projects should be sanctioned new schemes.

Madhya Pradesh will extend every possible cooperation in completing irrigation projects in the state. Chouhan lauded the Union Water Resources Ministry for solving problems of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The Union Water Resources Minister said that innovations have to be made for extension of irrigation area. Sanction for new schemes will be given to the states which have completed incomplete irrigation projects. Concerning departments should chalk out a joint plan to cheek erosion.

Commendable work has been done in Madhya Pradesh to save Narmada from pollution. Narmada is the least polluted river now. She said that saplings of only those species should be planted on both banks of the river which traditionally stood there and were conducive for environment. Tourism should also be included in the project. She said that permission to release treated water in Narmada should never be given.