FORMER DEPUTY Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani will dedicate the Rs 142.27-crore Maan Major Irrigation Project of Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) at Jeerabad in Dhar district on Thursday. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will preside over the function.
“The project will irrigate 15,000 hectare land in Dhar district. Almost 85 per cent of farmers from 53 villages, to be benefited by the project, belong to tribal community,” Minister of State for Narmada Valley Development Nagendra Singh said in a press release here.
PWD and Dhar district in charge Minister Kailash Vijayvergiya, Water Resources Minister Anup Mishra, MPs and MLAs from the region will also be present, Singh added.
The 138 metre long, 53 metre tall dam — which has nine huge radial gates, a main canal and sub-canals on either side — will be able to irrigate about 15,000 hectare land.
Increased production of fish in the reservoir will be another important project gift for the tribals in the area. The reservoir will have an estimated capacity of 46 metric tonne annual fish production.
Apart from increase in groundwater level, the project will also solve water problems in remote areas. In all, 17 villages have been affected due to the submergence, the release said, adding, “Of these, 805 families have already been allotted plots at other sites in keeping with the guidelines.”
Four rehabilitation sites have been created at Kesur, Aamkheda, Junapani and Jeerabad of the Dhar district, the press release added.