The Bist Doab Canal System may soon transform the region with the government planning to invest Rs 211 crore on increasing its capacity 6-fold from 30,364 hectares to 1,72,981 hectare.
A spokesperson of the department said that decision had been taken to rejuvenate the system on the demand of the peasantry.
He added Bist Doab Canal that off-takes from right side of Ropar Head Works on river Sutlej with a authorized supply discharge of 1,452 cusecs caters to the irrigation needs of districts of Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahar, Jalandhar and Kapurthala will be upgraded.
The 811-km Bist Doab Canal System has not been relined since its construction in 1954-55, he said.
The spokesperson said that the government had also sanctioned a rehabilitation of syphon aqueduct at the Jalandhar branch that was damaged during the floods that would increase the irrigation area by 1,58,416 acres.