Jaipur, Rajasthan (Rajesh Verma) MOU between ERCP Centre, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh Government. signed on
Consent to prepare DPR before Union Jal Shakti Minister in New Delhi
Rajasthan Chief Minister Shri Bhajanlal Sharma and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Dr. Mohan Yadav were present.
Irrigation water will be available in 2.80 lakh hectare area of the state, 25 lakh farmer families will be benefited.
Thirst of 40 percent population of the state will be quenched
The project will prove to be a milestone for the development of both the states.
The much awaited East Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) for millions of people of Madhya Pradesh will soon take shape. A tripartite MoU was signed on Sunday at Shram Shakti Bhawan, New Delhi for preparation of joint DPR of the project between the Centre, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments. In the presence of Union Jal Shakti Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Rajasthan Chief Minister Shri Bhajan Lal Sharma and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Dr. Mohan Yadav, Secretary of the Union Jal Shakti Ministry Smt. Debashree Mukherjee, Additional Chief Secretary of Water Resources Department of Rajasthan Shri Abhay Kumar and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh MoU signed between Dr. Rajesh Kumar Rajora, Additional Chief Secretary, Water Resources Department
ERCP materialized with the intervention of the Central Government
Chief Minister Shri Bhajanlal Sharma said that ERCP is an ambitious project of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is very serious about this important project for farmers. With the formation of our government in the state, a meeting was organized to reach a consensus between the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments to complete this important project. The result of the willpower and working style of the Prime Minister is that today an MoU has been signed between the Central Government and the two states regarding this project. He said that today is a historic day. The modified Parvati-Kalisindh-Chambal Link Project (ERCP) will lead to all-round development of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and usher in a golden era. This project will prove to be a milestone for the development of both the states.
Irrigation water will be available in 2.80 lakh hectare area in the state.
The Chief Minister said that under ERCP, drinking water will be available in 13 districts of Eastern Rajasthan, Jhalawar, Baran, Kota, Bundi, Sawai Madhopur, Karauli, Dholpur, Bharatpur, Dausa, Alwar, Jaipur, Ajmer and Tonk. Additionally, availability of water for irrigation in 2,80,000 hectare area of the state will be ensured. He said that this project will provide irrigation water to about 25 lakh farmer families of 13 districts and drinking water to about 40 percent of the state’s population. Besides, the groundwater level will also increase. He said that due to increase in agricultural production through this project, the income of farmers will increase and employment opportunities will also be created. Water will also be available for industrial needs in the areas covered under ERCP.
Project affected by neglect of previous state government
The Chief Minister said that the previous government of Rajasthan had stalled projects like refinery and ERCP instead of completing them. Due to this, the people of the state have been deprived of the benefits of these projects till now. In the last five years, only food supply has been done in this project.
It is noteworthy that on December 13, 2022, the proposal to integrate Parvati-Kalisindh-Chambal Link Project with ERCP was approved by the Central Government as a priority link project. According to the MOU, Ramgarh Barrage, Mahalpur Barrage, Navnaira Barrage, Mej Barrage, Rathod Barrage, Dungri Dam, feeder system from Ramgarh Barrage to Dungri Dam, capacity enhancement of Isarda Dam and rehabilitation of 26 pre-built dams included in the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project will be done.