In a bid to woo the farming class, the Punjab government plans to strengthen and concrete lined all distributaries of Kotla Branch canal at a cost of Rs 980 crore.
Mansa deputy commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said farmers from Mansa, Sangrur, Barnala and Bathinda would benefit from the project. “When the distributaries are strengthened and concrete lining is complete, the water wastage will be minimal, leaving more water with farmers for irrigation,” he said.
Sharma said in Mansa district, 1,607-km-long distributaries would be strengthened and concrete-lined at a cost of Rs 219 crore, of which work on 593 km was complete.
He said in Mansa sub-division, a total of Rs 133 crore would be spent on strengthening and concrete-lining 975-km distributaries. He said 364-km distributaries had already been strengthened and concrete-lined in Mansa sub division, till date.
In Sardulgarh sub-division, 201-km of distributaries would be concrete-lined, 28 km in Budhlada sub-division.
The Deputy Commissioner said that the work on strengthening and concrete lining of distributaries is going on in full swing and it would be completed shortly.
He said similar work on the Bhakra Main Branch was also going on, under which 1,272-km distributaries would be concrete-lined by spending Rs 121 crore. Sharma said under this project, 28-km would be strengthened in Budhlada of which work was complete on 15 km. He said 757 km of distributaries would be strengthened and concrete-lined by spending Rs 87 crore in Sardulgarh sub-division of the district.
Punjab government plans to strengthen and concrete lined all distributaries of Kotla Branch canal at a cost of Rs 980 crore.