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Punjab demands Rs 412 cr from Centre for dam at Makora Pattan to stop water to Pak

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IECurrentAffairs) To stop India`s river water share flowing to Pakistan, Punjab government has demanded for releasing of Rs 412 crore from the centre to construct a dam at Makora Pattan on Ravi-Ujj conglomeration and pressed upon the centre to accord it a national project.
During a meeting with Union Minister for Water Resources, Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Punjab Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Water Resources Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria on Wednesday informed that with the construction of this dam about 600 Cs of river water flowing to Pakistan could be stopped and the state would be able to use this water for irrigation purposes.
Informing Mr Gadkari of details of the project proposal both Mr Bajwa and Mr Sarkaria said ,”a 7 km long channel would be constructed to carry through this water to put it put in Kalanaur-Ramdas Canal System to further utilize to irrigate one lakh acre of land already devoid of irrigation facilities. Moreover, with this project the state government would also be able to utilize this water to provide clean drinking water to 100 villages and 6 townships of this border area.”
They also appealed the Union Minister to approve it as a national project and release the required funds to complete this project in shorter span of time to stop water flow towards Pakistan thus to be used it in the interests of country.
Giving in principle approval to this project, Mr Gadkari asked the state government to submit Detailed Project Report (DPR) so that all the technicalities must be examined before constructing this project of national importance.
Both Punjab Ministers also asked the Union Minister to decide upon the Center-State funding pattern for already approved project of strengthening and up-gradation of Upper Bari Doab Canal(UBBD). “At present only 2.76 lakh hectare out of total area of 5.13 lakh hectare was being irrigated, but with the completion of this project the remaining area would also be covered under canal irrigation system.”
Mr Bajwa and Mr Sarkaria also appealed to the Union Minister to extend the Jammu-Katra Express Highway project to be constructed by the centre through Amritsar-Dera Baba Nanak and Kalanaur. They said by extending through this project, expressway could be connected to the Kartarpur-Dera Baba Nanak Corridor.
“With passing of this expressway through these areas, it would facilitate the lakhs of devotees who would come to Kartarpur Sahib with the completion of corridor in this current year devoted to the 550th Parkash Purab of Shri Guru Nank Dev Ji. Besides the project would also give fillip to the commercial activities in border area that would further play pivotal role in the development of this area,” they added.
Agreeing in principle with this new proposal, Mr Gadkari asked the higher officials of his ministry to present a detailed comparison report after thorough studying new and previous proposals of this project.

Via UNI-India
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