NABARD Sanctions Rs 82.87 Cr for Rural Infra projects in Himachal

Shimla: National bank funding agriculture and rural infrastructure NABARD on Friday announced approval of Rs 82.87 crore for funding irrigation, drinking water and road projects in Himachal.

This is the first sanction to the state government during 2011-12 under Tranche-XVII, Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), said KK Saxena DGM NABARD. Last year the bank had funded projects worth Rs 300 crore in the state, he added.

The funds released were for construction of 24 rural drinking water supply schemes, 20 road and bridge projects and 11 minor irrigation projects, said Saxena.

Funds for the drinking water schemes approved would benefit about 66,444 residents, he said.

The road projects approved include black topping of 9 rural roads, construction of 8 new roads and construction of 3 bridges.

The 11 minor irrigation projects sanctioned consist include 3 rain water harvesting schemes, 6 flow irrigation schemes and 2 lift irrigation projects in Mandi, Bilaspur and Kangra districts.

So far NABARD has Rs 3186 crore to Himachal under RIDF. The sanctioned projects include 1504 irrigation projects, 801 rural roads projects, 231 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, 295 animal husbandry centres / hospitals, 16500 polyhouses with related minor irrigation structures and more than 20000 hectares of micro irrigation structures.

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