Jamshedpur: The Jamshedpur MP Bidyut Baran Mahato met the Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday and urged him to provide irrigation facilities to the farmers of Patamda, Vamani, Bodam areas of East Singhbhum district.
He also submitted a memorandum to the Union Minister.
Later, Mr. Bidyut Baran Mahato said that for the last several years efforts are being made to make an irrigation scheme for this area.
Local officials say that Nimdih, Vamani, Bodam and Patamda areas are outside the command area of Subarnarekha Multipurpose Project.
The tribal, backward and poor farmers of these areas do vegetable cultivation on a large scale. They eke out a living by supplying vegetables to Jamshedpur.
If the irrigation system is ensured in these areas, then the farmers of the area will have rapid economic development, he said.
He said that irrigation would also help in curbing migration in search of employment to a great extent.
The Chief Engineer, Chandil Complex, Jamshedpur was directed by the Secretary to prepare a plan. Taking quick action, the Chief Engineer has prepared a scheme that envisages pumping of water from Chandil reservoir.
This can help irrigate a large area.
The scheme is likely to cost about Rs 600 crores will be spent.
The name of this scheme will be Patamda Pump Canal.
A detailed survey and preparation of DPR will have to be done for this scheme.
He said that the Jal Shakti ministry and the Government of Jharkhand should expedite work on this scheme so that the villagers can benefit from it.
The Union Minister said that he is instructing his officers to review the entire scheme.
Along with this, instructions are also being given to have discussion with the state government for this so that the scheme can be implemented on the ground in the interest of the farmers.
The MP also supported the demand of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren to provide additional central assistance of two hundred crore rupees for the Subarnarekha multi-purpose project.