BHOPAL : Union minister for Water Resources and River Development Uma Bharati gave a green signal to granting of the status of national project to Bargi multipurpose project on river Narmada in Jabalpur worth over Rs 5,000 crore, paving the way for national funding for the project, besides approval to Ken-Betva irrigation project and a plan for making Narmada river pollution-free. At a high-level meeting with officials of her departments of MP and Chhattisgarh states here on Monday, Bharti reviewed various regional projects.

In the meeting, she gave approved central funding for Bargi project. Officials said, the centre provides 90 percent contribution in a project designated the national status.

At NVDA headquarters, where she held the meeting with senior officials, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan also reached for some time.

On various pending proposals with the union ministry and inter-state water related issues, she said a joint committee of her ministry, MP and Chhattisgarh government would be formed soon to resolve all matters.

She gave approval to Ken-Betva project and said, the issues between Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh would be resolved mutually. She said states which had completed irrigation projects would be provided funding for new projects.

She saw a presentation of Narmada river and asked the officials to stop flow of untreated water into the river to make it pollution-free. At present, 50 civic bodies located alongside of the river flow untreated water in it causing pollution.

Chief minister Chauhan said the government had chalked out a massive plan of Rs 1600 crore for preventing influx of polluted water into the Narmada river and sought centre fund for it.

Uma asked the state plant samplings at both side of 100 metre from the river’s banks. Minister for water resource Jayant Mallaiya, minister for NVDA Lal Singh Arya and NADA principal secretary Rajneesh Vaish were present there.

‘Centre will revise funding conditions’

Uma said the centre government would revise the conditions to provide funding to accelerated irrigation benefits programme. Principal Secretary, water resource, Radheshyam Julania gave a presentation various problems the department faces inb securing centre funds for irrigation projects. He suggested that the centre should provide fund to entire project and not in phase manner.

Praises MP

Appreciating Madhya Pradesh for increasing irrigation area in last decade, the union minister said the centre would form a team of such states that did remarkable in completing irrigation projects. The team would work to speed up ongoing irrigation projects in the states where the progress is a slow comparatively.

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