RAJSHAHI: Initiative has been taken to bring 3,490 more hectares of lands under surface water irrigation aimed at lessening the gradually mounting pressure on underground water for irrigation in the dried Barind tract.
To this end, 38.25-kilometer canals, one pond and two beels will be re-excavated besides construction of 13 submerged wares. Apart from this, four pontoons will be installed and two others will be repaired in rivers side by side with establishing 26 low lift pumps (LLP) along the banks of the re-excavated canals.
Demand-driven irrigation will be ensured to the 3,490 hectares of farming fields by the canal water to be lifted by 132 solar LLP and 40 direct pumping schemes through 148-kilometer pipelines of 250-millimeter diameter in double lifting method. Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) will implement the infrastructural development works through an uplift project with the main thrust of enhancing surface water uses for irrigation to 12 percent from 10 percent at present.
The five-year scheme titled “Extension of Irrigation in Barind Area through Conservation of Water in Canal- 2nd phase” will be implemented in eight upazilas of Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj and Naogaon districts.
Already approved by ECNEC meeting on August 16 last, the Taka 249.40-crore project has provision of transplanting sapling of around one lakh fruit and herbal trees on both sides of the canals to protect ecological balance through mitigating the adverse impact of climate change.