Government to revive North Koel Irrigation project

Centre has decided to revive the North Koel Irrigation project, envisaged nearly 40 years ago, to address the water requirements in Jharkhand and Bihar.

Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti told reporters in New Delhi that when completed, the project, estimated to cost 1,600 crore rupees, is expected to irrigate 1 lakh hectares of land in the two states.

Ms Bharti made the remarks during launch of management information system for monitoring projects under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana.

She said, her Ministry has identified Marathwada in Maharashtra, Bundelkhand (Uttar Pradesh-Madhya Pradesh) and Kalahandi-Balangir-Koraput in Odisha to implement smaller irrigation schemes to help the regions fight water woes.

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