The Central Water Commission (CWC) has finally given its in-principle consent to carry out the work of the Bodhghat Multipurpose Irrigation Project, one of the ambitious irrigation projects in Chhattisgarh which has been pending for 40 long years.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Water Resources Minister Ravindra Choubey were constantly striving to give concrete shape to the project.
As a result, the Pre-Feasibility Report of the Bodhghat project has been given in-principle consent by the Ministry of Jal Shakti and the CWC. Now the work of survey and preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be done at a rapid pace.
In a recent video-conferencing with Union Water Resources Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the Chief Minister raised the issue of Bodh Ghat explaining the importance of the project. Choubey said a Pre-feasibility report was sent to the CWC on April 2.
Choubey said that the Bodhghat multi-purpose irrigation project is proposed on Indravati river. It is located about 8 km from village Barsur in Dantewada district and 100 km from the Jagdalpur district headquarters.
The total cost of the project is Rs 22, 653 crores. It is proposed to irrigate 3,66,580 hectares and generate 300 MW power. The project will provide irrigation in Dantewada, Sukma and Bijapur districts of Bastar division.
He said that within eight-nine months, there will be an effort to carry forward the construction work.
Choubey said apart from Dantewada and Bijapur, Sukma district has been included in the project on the direction of the Chief Minister.