Durgawati reservoir project works to begin later this month

Bihar government will undertake remaining construction works of the Durgawati reservoir project in Rohtas district later this month. Water Resources Development (WRD) minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary said that the construction of remaining works at the Durgawati reservoir project will begin from April 18 next and he will himself visit construction site for inspection on that day. Presiding over a meeting of the WRD officials and engineers, he directed them and the contractors to ensure quality in the construction works for the reservoir project. Stating that the state government would like the mega irrigation projection in South Bihar to be completed in two years time to cater to irrigation of 33,467 hectare land in Rohtas and Kaimur districts, the WRD Minister asked officials to monitor progress of works every fortnight. It may mentioned that the Durgawati reservoir project has been lying in limbo for over three decades after the then Union Agriculture Minister Jagjivan Ram laid foundation stone of the irrigation project in 1975. The decks for the Durgawati reservoir project were cleared only last year after the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF) granted environment clearance for the project.