Constructed with a total outlay of Rs 2, 00, 74,800 crores, Dzumha minor irrigation project at Jharnapani, across river Dzumha, a tributary of Chathe river, was inaugurated by parliamentary secretary for Irrigation & Flood Control (I & FC), Y. Patton on Friday.
The irrigation project was completed with a total contribution of Rs 70 lakhs from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and Rs 1, 30, 74,800 crore from the centre under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Project (AIBP) programme. The project was started on November 22 and completed in the month of June, 2009 with Roko Tachu as the contractor and executive engineer, I & FC, Dimapur division as the executing body.
Speaking at the occasion, chief guest said that Dzumha irrigation project was the third minor irrigation project I & FC department have completed. He also expressed happiness at the devoted approach of the department officials particularly the Dimapur division headed by executive engineer and staff and the public leaders of the area for their support and co-operation.
The parliamentary secretary informed that a total of 58,553.69 hectares of land had been brought under irrigation and the target for the year was 8,105 hectares. Patton also pointed out that normally such kind of project was allowed to be used by beneficiaries on payment of nominal fees however in absence of any enactment by the state; the department allowed the beneficiaries to freely use it. He later handed over MoU to Water User’s Association (WUA), an association formed by the farmers of the area to make best use of the project. While at the same time, the chief guest urged WUA to make best use of the project and maintain it for long term benefit of the people.
Informing the gathering about the technical terms, Chief Engineer Mezakrol, I & FC, pointed out the net irrigable area under the project was 182 hectares with Jharnapani gaining the maximum; while the RCC bridge over the project has been made as the main life line for Molvom, Khamkharia, Moava, Bunsang and Sochunoma village.
The chief engineer also informed that the total flood discharge after the project got designed was 270 meter cube per second.
Later while interacting with this reporter, he said besides improving the farming from single to double cropping with minimum lean period, the bridge would serve the farmers to take agricultural and horticultural produce to the main market and subsequently improve the socio-economic conditions of the people. Meanwhile he also disclosed that such kind of minor irrigation projects is already in the pipeline for all the remaining districts of the state.
MLA and Advisor, Sericulture & Cooperative, Azetho, who also spoke on the occasion, stated that Naga people lacked in appreciating good works while at the same criticized for small mistakes. “If the government is stable than more development will take place”’ he added. While requesting the parliamentary secretary to make further irrigation projects within the district, MLA also stated that if the economic condition of Dimapur was sound, rest other districts would definitely improve.
Secretary I & FC, B Thawang Konyak, Chief Engineer, I & FC, Mezakrol and host of officials from various departments attended the inaugural programme.
Ex-Minister Rokonicha, Head GB Jharnapani Village Council and chairman, Molvom Village Council also spoke at the programme.
Earlier welcome address was delivered by Additional Chief Engineer, I & FC, Yanger while the vote of the thanks was proposed by Superintendent Engineer, I & FC, Echongbemo Humtsoe. Secretary, I & FC, B Thawang Konyak IAS chaired the programme.