The Punjab government has chalked out a comprehensive plan under the 12th Five Year Plan to revamp the canal network across the state in order to increase canal capacity and to reduce dependence on groundwater for irrigation.
Irrigation chief parliamentary secretary Sohan Singh Thandal said this here on Tuesday.
He said the government had already earmarked Rs 1,128 crore for different irrigation projects for 2012-13 and the government was contemplating to reduce dependence on groundwater to irrigate wheat and paddy crop.
Thandal said the fast depletion of groundwater table was a major reason behind the project. He said the century-old canal network, which was operating at 30% below capacity, would be rehabilitated.
He said the unlined watercourses would be lined and low dams constructed in hilly areas for optimum use of surface and rainwater for irrigation purposes.
Thandal said the major irrigation projects were relining of Rajasthan Feeder Project, relining of Sirhind Feeder Project, rehabilitation of four canals, Bist Doab Canal, Bathinda, Sidhwan and Abohar branch, fed from the Sutlej besides completion of 18-km of Kandi canal, Phase-2 project.