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Jal Shakti ministry to resolve all pending issues with U’khand in one month

Assuring chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat that the ministry of Jal Shakti will provide all possible assistance to Uttarakhand, the Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said that all pending issues with Uttarakhand will be resolved in one month. The union minister gave this assurance when the CM met him in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The CM requested approval for the proposal for six sewage treatment plants and sewer lines with an estimated cost of Rs 228 crore. Responding to a request made by Rawat, Shekhawat said that cabinet clearance for Lakhwad project and agreement between the states for Kisau project would also be done soon. Rawat informed him that under the centrally funded flood management programme, 38 flood protection works costing Rs 1,108 crore were granted techno-economic clearance by the Government of India in 2014-15 and 2015-16. The state is now awaiting investment clearance for these.

The CM further said that considering the higher construction cost in mountainous areas, the per hectare cost of Rs 2.5 lakh should be raised to Rs four lakh in the guidelines for Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY). Till this is done, the state should be allowed to bear the cost which exceeds Rs 2.5 lakh per hectare. Rawat further said that the repair, revival and strengthening of irrigation schemes damaged in the mountainous areas due to heavy rains and natural disasters should also be included in PMKSY.

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

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