14 new water projects planned: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru: With a Rs 15,999 crore allocation, the Water Resources Department is hoping to implement 14 new projects, mainly in North Karnataka, including the Salapura lift irrigation project to release water to 46 tanks of Ramadurga taluk in Belagavi district at a cost of Rs 540 crore and the Sasalatti lift irrigation project in Bagalkot district at a cost of Rs 210 crore.

The government has also made a Rs 137 crore budgetary provision to fill 17 tanks of several villages of Athani taluk with water from the Krishna river. While the Budget plans to conduct a feasibility study for building a balancing reservoir near Navile,  46 tanks of Jagalur are proposed to be filled with water from the Tungabhadra river  at a cost of Rs 250 crore. Also, modernisation of the Narayanapr right bank canal has been allocated Rs 750 crore.

In South Karnataka, Rs 30 crore has been allocated for lift irrigation projects to fill 40 tanks around Konanur in Arakalgud taluk, and Rs 20 crore  for rejuvenating the Channapatna tank in Hassan town.

Minor irrigation, which has received 2114 crore, will see spending of Rs 50 crore on improving the ground water, construction of check dams, barrages, bandars and recharge shafts.

There is also a proposal to revive the 183 lift irrigation projects, which were given up for  various reasons at a cost of Rs 100 crore. As much as Rs 174 crore has been allocated for the Pashchima Vahini scheme for construction of vent dams and preventing salt water from entering the Netravathi river at Harekala in Mangaluru taluk. A project to fill up 30 tanks in Hosakote taluk from the K R Puram treatment plant has received Rs 100 crore.

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