Himachal unveils Rs 4,668-r watershed mgmt plan

Written by fe Bureau | Chandigarh | Updated: Sep 21 2010, 02:08am hrs
The Himachal Pradesh government has come out with an Rs 4,668-crore integrated watershed management perspective (IWMP) plan for treatment of 31,12,472 hectare in the state.

Highly placed official sources told FE that a state level nodal agency has been constituted as per guidelines by rural development department under the chairmanship of chief secretary for implementation of the watershed development project.

The Perspective Plan covers the entire state except already irrigated, snow covered, dense forest areas and land already brought under the ongoing projects like Integrated Watershed Development Project (IWDP), Desert Development Programme (DDP), Drought Prone Area Programme (DPAP). The Plan would be implemented in next 10-15 years.

Official sources said 36 projects at an estimated cost of Rs 305.75 crore under IWMP for treatment of 2,03,832 hectare in rain-fed area of all the districts in the state have been sanctioned. Three projects in Bilaspur (Sadar, Jhanduta, Ghumarwin) three in Chamba (all in Mehla block), two in Hamirpur (Bamson, Bijhri), five in Kangra (all in Dehra), three in Kinnaur (Pooh, Nichar, Kalpa), four in Mandi ( Seraj, Karsog, Dharampur and Sundernagar block) and seven in Shimla ( six in Theog and one in Shimla block) are likely to be executed soon. In addition two projects in Sirmaur (Nahan and Poanta Sahib block,) three in Solan (all in Nalagarh block), two in Lahaul- Spiti (Kaza and Keylong), and one each in Kullu (Naggar), and Una block would be implemented after approval of Detailed Project Report (DPR). Presently the process of preparing DPR is at final stage. The department has engaged the professionals, NGOs and universities for preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPR).