Ujjain : In an endeavour to save Malwa region from converting into desert, the State government on Tuesday sanctioned a sum of Rs 2143 crore for the ‘Narmada-Malwa-Gambhir Link Project (NMGLP). The project will provide irrigation facility in 50,000 hectare area in 158 villages of Indore and Ujjain districts. Indore’s Yashwant Sagar can also be filled up through this project. The project will not need any re-settlement and rehabilitation.
A meeting of Narmada Control Board chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Bhopal okayed the implementation of the project. Public Works Minister Sartaj Singh, Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya, Forest Minister Gaurishankar Shejwar, Agriculture Minister Gaurishankar Bisen, Energy Minister Rajendra Shukla, Revenue Minister Rampal Singh, Minister of State for Narmada Valley Development Lal Singh Arya and Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa were present on the occasion.
Chief Minister said that linking rivers of Malwa region with Narmada is the best option for supply of water in the region. He also said that he had met the Prime Minister and urged him to declare NMLP as a National Project. Chouhan said that NMLP is also important for utilising Madhya Pradesh’s share in Narmada water before year 2024. Through these projects, water will be available for irrigation, industries and drinking in Malwa region.
According to Principal Secretary, Narmada Valley Development, Rajneesh Vaish, NMLP has been proposed in view of declining groundwater level and shortage of drinking water in Malwa region. Neither a dam will be constructed under the project nor any family re-settled. From the project, 12.5 cusecs of water will be used for irrigation, 1.5 cusecs for drinking and 1 cusec water will be used for industries. Under the project, Narmada water will be uplifted to a height of 416 meters.
It is noteworthy that before this project, Narmada-Kshipra Link Project was successfully implemented with the cost of about Rs 425 crore. This project will provide water to villages and cities apart from irrigation. Above all crores of devotees will have the benefit of holy dip in the water of two holy rivers during Simhastha Fair-2016. Water from Gambhir river is presently used for irrigation purpose. In Ujjain, Gambhir reservoir is the main source of drinking water for denizens.