In order to provide the farmers of the Kandi area with standard irrigational facilities, the Punjab government is installing 286 deep tubewells at a cost of `30 crore. This was stated by Punjab Water Resources Management and Development Corporation chairman Ravikaran Singh Kahlon while talking to mediapersons at his residence at Dadu Jodh village on Thursday.
Kahlon disclosed that 220 deep tubewells had already been installed and the remaining tubewells would be set up by March 2015.Kahlon said that the Punjab Water Resources Management and Development Corporation had chalked out a new policy to revive those deep tubewells the ground water level under which had been lowered or they had stopped functioning due to some other reason.
He said that the proposal of waiving off the power bills of the tubewells of the farmers of the Kandi area was under consideration of the government.
Kahlon remarked that earlier the farmers of the Kandi area of the state were totally dependent on rain for irrigating their fields which resulted in the poor financial condition of the farmers of the area.
He claimed that under the dynamic leadership of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal,the state government had started a comprehensive programme of upgrading the financial condition of the farmers of the Kandi area by providing effective and regular irrigational facilities for their fields.
Kahlon said that the farmers of the Kandi area would also be able to achieve prosperity in farming after these deep tubewells were commissioned in the whole of the area.
Kahlon further pointed out that the state government would soon complete the `350 crore Kandi Canal Stage-2 project, besides ensuring the availability of the clean drinking water to the people of the Kandi area.
Kahlon claimed that more projects had been started by the state government to offer the services of health care, education, electricity, roads and other basic amenities to the residents of the Kandi area. He claimed that with the implementation of all these programmes, a new era of development and prosperity would begin in the backward Kandi area of Punjab.