130 projects at 804.16 cr approved under IWMP

SRINAGAR: Some 130 projects covering 364 Micro water sheds catering to 5.36 lac hectors have been approved by government of India with a total cost of Rs. 804.16 crore for three batches starting from 2011-12 for the State of Jammu and Kashmir under Integrated Water Management Programme.(IWMP).

The information was given in a review meeting of the IWMP convened under the Chairmanship of Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar here today.

Commissioner, Secretary, Rural Development Departrment, Mr. Farooq Peer, CEO, IWMP, Dr.Ghulam Hassan Shah, State level Technical Experts, Project Managers and other senior officers were present.

The Minister directed the officers to speed up the implementation of the programme which has a huge potential of ensuring the conservation of Water, besides undertaking other related activities. He said that the officers should maintain a close liaison with each other so that the pace of implementation of the scheme is speeded up.

Mr. Sagar also asked the officers to identify certain thrust areas wherein the pace of the scheme can be monitored effectively. He said that regular review meetings should also be conducted which would go a long way in getting the required feedback from the ground level regarding the status of implementation as well as the impact of the scheme.

The Minister also directed for the preparation of regular DPRs so that the effective implementation of the programme can be ensured. He said that we have to ensure that the funds earmarked for the different projects catering to wide areas of activities are effectively utilized

The meeting was informed that the State level nodal agency of IWMP has taken up 488 entry points out of which 116 have been completed. The works have been taken all across the State even in remote areas of Leh, Kargil, Poonch, Doda, Kishtwar as well.

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