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MI project commissioned at Ghokito village

Parliamentary secretary Y. Patton and MLA Azheto Zhimomi with other delegates at the inauguration of MI project on Friday at Ghokito village. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 27 (NPN):
Published on 28 Aug. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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Awokupughoki (Chonga Jan) minor irrigation project at Ghokito village was inaugurated on Friday by parliamentary secretary for Irrigation & flood control, geology & mining and border affairs Y Patton. Build at the cost of Rs184.045 lakhs, the project was started in November 2006 and completed in November 2009.
Addressing the gathering, the parliamentary secretary lauded the villagers for their cooperation in helping to complete the project work without any landowner related issues.
Disclosing about the upcoming projects, Patton informed that department had already completed 35 out of the 47 sanctioned projects and that Tzuza river project at the cost Rs 75 crores was already on the pipeline.
While expressing gratitude to I & FC department for inviting him to inaugurate the project, he also lauded the contractor for completing the project on time and EE Vitoshe of Dimapur division for his efforts. The parliamentary secretary also handed over the project to the village GBs in presence of the gathering. MLA & advisor sericulture & cooperation Azheto Zhimomi, who was the guest of honour, asserted that it was only after DAN government took over that various developmental works were being carried out. “Various inaugurations in the newspapers are signs of development” he averred.
Earlier presenting the technical report, Chief Engineer, I& FC Er Mezakrol pointed out that apart from the irrigation facilities, the RCC Bridge across the project will connect several villages and thereby help the farmers in marketing their produce.
Conceptualized under NABARD in 2006-07, the initial estimate of the project was tagged at Rs 196.69 lakhs. However after the first instalment was received under RIDF-XII Tranche, the project was shifted to Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme during 2007-08 under the flagship of Bharat Nirman programme. It may also be mentioned that the initial proposal was to construct a barrage across the river but realizing that the villagers cannot operate the system a high diversion weir was made.
With a gross command area of 1010 hectares, the project covers a net irrigable area of 790 hectares and was built with Rs 70 lakhs from NABARD, central share of Rs 104.065 lakhs and state share of 9.980 lakhs. List of beneficiary villages included Ghokito, Kuhuboto, Pukhato, Zuvukhu, Hevikhe and Nizhevi.

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