PM Modi inaugurates Saryu Canal National Project in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Saryu Canal National Project at Balrampur district in Uttar Pradesh today. The project will facilitate irrigation to over 14 lakh hectares of land in nine districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh. The project will benefit about 29 lakh farmers in over 6200 villages.

Five rivers- Ghaghra, Saryu, Rapti, Banganga and Rohin have been interlinked to facilitate irrigation in the water deficit regions of eastern UP. The project was pending for over 40 years and the work on it expedited since Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed charge in 2014. The project is the largest among the 99 projects that are to be completed under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana in the country.

AIR correspondent reports that the Saryu Canal National Project was planned in 1972 and the work on it started in 1978 but due to the lack of budgetary support and inter-departmental coordination, the project could not make much progress.

The project was revived when Prime Minister Narendra Modi included the Saryu Canal National Project in the 99 projects that are to be completed on priority basis under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana. After Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s government assumed charge in 2017, the project got a major boost. More than half of the work on the project has been completed in the last four years.

Initially the project was to start on a small scale in 1978 for irrigation in two districts at a cost of over 78 crore rupees but now it has been extended to nine districts and the overall cost on the project has increased to over nine thousand 800 crore rupees.

The project is hailed as the biggest river linking project in Uttar Pradesh. Two barrages have been built on river Saryu and Rapti to transport water to the fields. The project starts from the Saryu Barrage at Bahraich.

The main canal is 318 km long and 922 sub canals with a length of over 6600 kilometers have been linked to it. The nine districts to get benefitted by the project are- Bahraich, Shravasti, Balrampur, Gonda, Siddharthnagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Gorakhpur and Maharajganj.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in his address said eastern Uttar Pradesh has been neglected since independence but Prime Minister Narendra Modi has helped this region to develop in all possible ways. He said the Prime Minister had recently inaugurated development projects worth 10 thousand crore rupees including AIIMS and Fertilizer Plant in Gorakhpur.

Mr. Adityanath said a series of Medical Colleges are coming up in the state. He said the government is committed to open at least one medical college in each district in the state. Mr. Adityanath said, he is confident that this project will help farmers in the Poorvanchal and help in achieving the goal of doubling farmers’ income.

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