DIPR - Manipur

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Published on Tue, 13 Mar, 2018 Both

Imphal, March 12, 2018 (DIPR) : Water Resources Department (renamed from the Irrigation and Flood Control Department) is committed for development of Assured irrigation in the state by construction of major and medium irrigation & multipurpose projects and Management of flood problems in the state with flood fighting/flood control schemes of restoration/improvement and protection works with priority to complete the ongoing projects, declared Shri Ksh. Pritam Singh, Chief Engineer, Water Resources Department.

He was addressing media persons at a series of press conference organized by DIPR at its office complex today at Moirangkhom as part of the series to highlight the development activities and achievements of the various departments of the Government of Manipur.

He further informed that apart from irrigation and management of flood, the department is also creating potentials for water supply and hydropower generation from the Irrigation projects. Agriculture, being the primary occupation in the State, continues to be the backbone for development of economy of the State. The state has 2,30,000 ha. of net cultivable area. At present, there are three major & medium ongoing irrigation projects having large irrigation potential. Unless these projects are completed, the desired level of irrigation facilities cannot be provided to achieve the desired level of agricultural growth.

The Headwork component of Khuga Multipurpose project has been completed and commissioned with a partial irrigation potential of 10,000 Ha. The physical progress of the components were Dam (100%), Spillway (100%), and Canal System (99%).

Dolaithabi Barrage project is at present included under 99 priority projects of MoWR and monitored by the centre. The project envisages to divert the flow of the Iril river to irrigate 5,500 ha. of CCA for a potential of 7,545 ha. in the Imphal East District.

The Physical progress of the component of Dolaithabi Barrage project are Barrage (94%), Main Canal System (59%), Distributary (43%) and Potential created is 3288 Ha.

Thoubal Multipurpose Project is planned to harness the perennial water of Thoubal river for creation of Irrigation facility, water supply facility and hydropower generation. As of now, the physical progress of the components of the project including the Dam & Spillway (97%), Main Canal (65%), Branch Canal (22%), Distributaries (55%), Overall Progress (85%) and Irrigation Potential creation is 21.26 Th. Ha.

The Department apart from emergency flood fighting works has planned several flood control schemes during the past two decades and assured preparedness against flood on priority basis mostly with Central Assistance. Twenty two schemes under Flood Management Programme (FMP)of MoWR have been implemented. Further, ten new schemes for Integrated Flood Management works under FMP of MoWR, Govt. of India are also being proposed during 2017-18.

So far, eight schemes under NEC has been sanctioned and being implemented. Out of  these, one scheme has been completed and the remaining seven schemes are targeted for completion by March, 2018.  Thirteen schemes under RIDF of NABARD has been sanctioned for major rivers and physically completed. Another new schemes at Thoubal Haokha Sorarel has also been sanctioned under RIDF of NABARD and targeted fro completion by March, 2018.

During 2017, the unprecedented flood events occurred due to heavy rainfall in the upper hilly catchment of major rivers as a result of which the rivers in the Manipur valley experienced massive overflow spillover at the banks leading to breach of river banks at many places of major rivers.

The Chief Engineer also informed that his department has initiated to take up emergency flood fighting works in phased manner like short term and long term measures focusing in Flood Management with the available fund under State Plan during 2017-18.

The press conference was also attended by  Additional Chief Engineer, Shri Y Jogeshwar Singh,  Superintending Engineers Shri S.N. Albert, Shri K. Kriti Singh and Shri P. Ingocha Singh. (DIPR)