Balrampur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Balrampur in Uttar Pradesh to inaugurate the Rs 9800 crore Saryu Nahar National Project on December 11, Prime Minister’s Office(PMO) informed on Friday.
Prime Modi will inaugurate the Rs 9800 crore Saryu Nahar National Project on Saturday which will benefit around 3 million farmers in 9 districts of Poorwanchal.
UP governor Anandiben Patel and chief minister Yogi Adityanath along with other state ministers would be present on the occasion.
After inauguration PM will also address a mega public meeting at around 1300 hrs.
Balrampur is the political ground of former PM late Atal Bihari Vajpayee from where he got elected to Lok Sabha for the first time in his political career in 1957. Mr Vajpayee lost from Balrampur in 1962 but win it again in 1967.
According to the officials here on Friday 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 – Ghaghara, Saryu, Rapti, Banganga and Rohini to ensure optimum usage of water resources of the region.
The project will provide assured water for irrigation of 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 immensely benefit 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.