Badal waives operation charges on govt irrigation tubewells
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday announced to waive the maintenance, repair and operation charges and its outstanding arrears on government tubewells in kandi and non-kandi areas.Updated: Feb 03, 2014 22:25 IST
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday announced to waive the maintenance, repair and operation charges and its outstanding arrears on government tubewells in kandi and non-kandi areas.
A decision to this effect was taken by Badal at a meeting with MLAs and leaders of the SAD-BJP from the kandi belt of the state.
Acceding to the long-pending demand of these leaders representing the kandi area, especially Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahr, Rupnagar, Mohali and Pathankot districts, the CM waived these charges amounting to Rs 6.5 crore, including arrears on these tubewells installed by the Punjab Water Resources Management and Development Tubewell Corporation (PWRMDTC).
Irrigation minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon told the CM that in future, private parties installing the tubewells would also maintain these for seven years for which a condition has been incorporated in the tenders notice.
Taking exception to the laxity shown by the PWRMDTC for delay of more than a year for energising these tubewells, the CM directed the irrigation minister to look into the reasons for the lapses and fix responsibility. The CM also decided to form a three-member panel comprising the irrigation minister, industries and technical education minister Madan Mohan Mittal and principal secretary, irrigation, Sarvesh Kaushal to prepare a master plan for lift irrigation in the kandi area as a viable alternative to the traditional mode of tubewell irrigation.
Badal asked Sekhon to visit the kandi areas to take stock of the situation about the scanty irrigation facilities there so that the ongoing tubewell and lift irrigation schemes could be augmented. He also directed Kaushal to visit difficult areas along with the team of engineers so as to speed up the completion of irrigation projects.
Badal was also informed that the 30-km stretch of the second phase of the kandi canal would be commissioned by the end of the current fiscal and the complete project of the kandi canal stage-II, comprising a length of 70 km and five lift irrigation schemes having irrigation potential of 29,000 hectares by March 2015.