Shimla: For funding rural water supply schemes and flood protection projects, NABARD has sanctioned Rs 82.48 crore taking the total funds released un Rural Infrastructure Development Fund for the year to Rs 290.92 crores.
Rajender Singh, General Manager NABARD said that funds under RIDF Tranche XVI for 2010-11 had been sanctioned for construction of 17 rural water supply projects, which included one major project and 4 flood protection projects.
The major drinking water project was located in Bilaspur district as was a source level augmentation proposal for water supply schemes in Sadar, Ghumarwin and Jhandutta blocks. This scheme would benefit 93,967 people in about 180 villages and has a project outlay of Rs 50.2 4 crore.
The 16 other water supply schemes, of which 13 are lift water schemes, are spread over the districts of Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi and Solan and would benefit 61,803 people.
The flood protection projects are located in Hamirpur, Kangra, Solan and Una districts and include funding for the major Swan River Flood Management and Land Development project Phase II project.
Of the project outlay of Rs 22.63 crore, RIDF assistance is Rs 21.50 crore, which would benefit about 15000 hectares of land.
To improve rural infrastructure and other needs of development in Himachal, NABARD has so far sanctioned Rs 2982 crore, under all tranches of RIDF, of which Rs 1841.47 crore stands disbursed.
The sanctioned projects cover 1472 irrigation projects, 762 rural roads projects, 218 bridges, 118 watershed projects, 40 flood protection works, 1213 primary school buildings, 64 science laboratories in schools, 25 IT projects, 530 rural drinking water schemes, 397 animal husbandry centres & hospitals, 16500 polyhouses with related minor irrigation structures and more than 20000 hectares of micro irrigation structures.