Chhatisgarh/Raipur: The Central Water Commission has finally given its in-principle consent to carry out the work of Bodhghat Multipurpose Irrigation Project, one of the ambitious irrigation projects in the state of Chhattisgarh. Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel and Water Resources Minister Shri Ravindra Choubey were constantly striving to give concrete shape to this project which has been pending for 40 years. As a result, the Pre-Feasibility Report of the Bodhghat project has been given in-principle consent by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India and the Central Water Commission. Now the work of survey of this project and preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be done at a rapid pace.
It is worth mentioning here that in the past, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had discussed in detail about the Bodh Ghat project with the Union Water Resources Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat through video conferencing and explained the importance of the project. Water Resources Minister Ravindra Choubey had requested Union Minister of Water Resources Mr. Shekhawat to agree on the pre-feasibility report sent by the Chhattisgarh government. Minister Choubey informed that Pre-feasibility report of Bodhghat project was sent to the Central Water Commission on 2 April 2020. He said that as per the intention of the Chief Minister, efforts were also started by the Chhattisgarh Water Resources Department for survey research and preparation of DPR of this project at its own level, so that the work can be taken forward immediately after getting approval from the Government of India.
Minister Choubey informed that Bodhghat multi-purpose irrigation project is proposed on Indravati River. It is about 8 kilometers from village Barsur of Geedam development-block in Dantewada district and 100 kilometers from Jagdalpur district headquarters.The total cost of this project is Rs 22 thousand 653 crores. It is proposed to irrigate 3 lakh 66 thousand 580 hectares and generate 300 MW power. The Bodhghat project will provide irrigation in Dantewada, Sukma and Bijapur districts of Bastar division. Water Resources Minister Ravindra Choubey said that within the next 8-9 months, there will be an effort to carry forward the construction work by preparing the survey research and DPR of the Bodhghat project. Earlier, in the budget session of the Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel had announced to take up the construction work of Bodhghat irrigation project. The project is also included in the budget of the Department of Water Resources for the year 2020-21. Minister Choubey informed that, earlier in this project, irrigation was proposed in an area of 2 lakh 65 thousand 580 hectares of Dantewada and Bijapur districts for kharif, rabi and summer crops, but considering the need for availability of water, Chief Minister Bhupesh Bhupesh Baghel had instructed to supply water for irrigation to Sukma district also through this project. In compliance with the instructions of the Chief Minister, Water Resources Department of Government of Chhattisgarh has included Sukma district in the project for irrigation of one lakh hectare for kharif, rabi and summer crops. In this way, annual irrigation facility is proposed to be provided to all three districts on 3 lakh 65 thousand 580 hectares. Minister Choubey said that the Bodhghat multipurpose irrigation project will prove to be a milestone in the development of Bastar division and the state.