There is good news for the people of Nadaun area of Hamirpur district. The state government has signed an agreement with Mumbai-based Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd to benefit people of fourteen gram panchayats of the area by providing integrated irrigation solution to about 30,000 farmers. An area of 11,900 hectares will be covered under the scheme.
The Himachal Pradesh government has issued a letter of intent to Jain Irrigation for the execution of the prime project which will cost Rs 97.52 crore.
The project is a unique concept of integrated micro irrigation system in hilly terrain which will improve water use efficiency to irrigate an area of 11,900 acres.
The Turnkey Project Team of Jain Irrigation will design the project which is estimated to require about 550 km of piping network and up to 10,000 HP to operate 25 to 30 pumps. The team will provide, install, test the irrigation system and operate and maintain the project for five years to ensure the project is beneficial. The completion time for the project is 24 months from the date of award of the contract.
An official spokesperson said on Monday that since the land of Nadaun area was fertile and farmers of the region grew seasonal vegetables, fruits and crops with the help of Beas river water, they earned huge income. He added with the start of the new irrigation scheme, also from the Beas, up to fifty percent water would be saved which would help the government and the farmers of the area.
Since Jain irrigation has already handled the Balh Valley project in Mandi district, the state government decided to grant the project to them in the Hamirpur district too. A letter of intent was also issued to the company by the state government two days ago.
Delighted with the grant of the project to his company, joint managing director Atul Jain said the project would usher in significant benefits to all stakeholders. “This kind of integrated irrigation solution will not only help conserve precious and scarce resources like water and power, but also substantially improve productivity, resulting in prosperity for small farmers.”