NABARD sanctions Rs 112.35 Cr for rural infrastructure in Himachal

Shimla: National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has approved an additional tranche of Rs 112.35 crores under rural infrastructure development fund for a major water supply scheme, 21 minor irrigation project and 32 road and bridges projects.

Chief General Manager NABARD AD Ratnoo said that with the sanction of Rs 112.35 crores the apex rural bank had sanctioned a total of Rs 403.27 crore in 2010-11 to Himachal Pradesh.

Giving details he said the major rural water supply scheme with an outlay of Rs 28.43 crore was for augmenting supplies to Baira, Bhadrota, Surganga and Hatli area of Sarkaghat tehsil in Mandi district. In all it would benefit 44,620 persons, he added.

The 21 minor irrigation projects sanctioned include 5 rain water harvesting projects, 6 flow irrigation projects, 9 lift irrigation projects and 1 deep tubewell project. These are to be located in the districts of Bilaspur, Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu and Mandi and have an outlay is Rs 22.32 crores.

These schemes would bring an additional 1201.23 hectares land under irrigation.

Of the road and bridge projects approved, 22 are road projects located in Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmour and Solan and involve a length of 132.80 kms for 15 black topped roads and 33.765 kms of 7 kutcha roads.

besides the roads, NABARD has approved 10 bridges in Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra and Mandi districts, which have an outlay of Rs 72.70 crore.

NABARD has so far sanctioned Rs 3094 crore to the State of which Rs 1908.86 crore has already been disbursed.

The sanctioned projects include 1493 irrigation projects, 784 rural roads projects, 228 bridges, 118 watershed projects, 40 flood protection works, 1213 primary school buildings, 64 science laboratories in schools, 25 IT projects, 531 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, said Ratnoo.

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