With the Punjab government yet to pay 62.42 crore to the state for the Shahnahar project, chief minister Virbhadra Singh, on Wednesday, urged the Centre's intervention in the issue.
The chief minister, who had a meeting union water resource minister Harish Rawat at New Delhi, said that the amount was still pending.
Further, he said that the Planning Commission of India had, in principal, approved to provide this fund as a one-time special grant in the annual plan of the state in fiscal year 2012-13.
Punjab's share in the Rs 385 crore Shahnehar Project, which was built to satisfy the irrigation needs of 93 villages in Kangra district, has been pending for the last six years. The agreement for the project was signed with Punjab government in 1983. The special grant was the remaining central assistance admissible to the state with effect from April 1, 2005.
Meanwhile, Singh also urged Rawat to approve 39 small irrigation schemes worth Rs. 84 crore which have been pending for the last one year.
“Nearly 39 small schemes are pending with the union water resource ministry,” he said, adding that that the approval was delayed due to technical reasons.
Singh has sought a special relaxation in the amended criteria of these schemes in the interests of people of the state and has also asked that the cost be shared between the Centre and the state at the ratio of 75:25.
The Chief minister urged the ministry to approve the Swan River Flood Management Project, which is estimated to cost of Rs. Rs. 48.83 crore.
“The detail project report is pending with the Punjab government for its no objection certificate (NOC),” said he, adding that it would also help people of Punjab.
Singh also asked the Centre to release Rs. 129.17 crore under accelerated irrigation benefit programme for the construction of five irrigation schemes.
The chief minister said that he has been assured that the Centre would consider all his demands on priority. Singh said that the minister also lauded the efforts of state for implementing various developmental schemes in the state.