Balrampur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Rs 9800 crore Saryu Nahar National Project here on Saturday which will benefit around 3 million farmers in 9 districts of Poorwanchal.
UP Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Jalshakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat along with other state ministers were present on the occasion at a function held at Hariharganj.
The work on the project started in 1978 but due to lack of continuity of budgetary support, interdepartmental coordination and adequate monitoring, it got delayed and was not completed even after nearly four decades.
Consequently, in 2016, the project was brought under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana with the target to complete it in a time-bound manner.
The renewed focus on the project has resulted in the project being completed in only about four years.
The Saryu Nahar National Project has been built with a total cost of more than Rs 9800 crore, out of which more than Rs 4600 crore was provisioned in the last four years.
The project also involves the interlinking of five rivers – Ghaghra, Saryu, Rapti, Banganga and Rohini to ensure optimum usage of water resources of the region.
The project will provide assured water for irrigation for over 14 lakh hectares of land and benefit about 29 lakh farmers of over 6200 villages. It will benefit nine districts of Eastern Uttar Pradesh namely – Bahraich, Shravasti, Balrampur, Gonda, Siddharthnagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Gorakhpur and Maharajganj.
The farmers of the region, who were the worst sufferers of the inordinate delay in the project, will now benefit immensely from the upgraded irrigation potential. They will now be able to grow crops on a larger scale and maximise the agri-potential of the region.