Centre announces package for Uttar Pradesh irrigation projects

Centre announces package for Uttar Pradesh irrigation projects

New Delhi: The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has announced a Rs3,124 crore package for irrigation projects in Uttar Pradesh just ahead of elections in the state.

The high-powered steering committee on national projects constituted by the water resources ministry cleared both these projects on Thursday. The total central contribution for these two projects is estimated at 3,124 crore.

Work on the Sarayu Nahar Pariyojana project started in 1977-78 but could not be completed because of lack of funds, said the official release. Once finished, it will provide “an ultimate irrigation potential benefit" to 14.04 lakh hectares in the Bahraich, Shrawasti, Balrampur, Gonda, Basti, Sant Kabirnagar, Siddharth Nagar and Gorakhpur districts. The amount required for completion of the project is 3,238 crore, of which 2,915 crore will be provided by the union government. The project is scheduled to be completed by March 2016.

The Election Commission of India is set to announce dates for the UP election. The Congress, which once dominated the state’s politics, has been trying hard to revive its fortunes in the state under the leadership of party general secretary Rahul Gandhi