Durgawati irrigation project to be completed by March ’14

Patna – Bihar government, which is facing Opposition criticism for delay in completion of Durgawati irrigation project, today assured that it would be done by March 2014.

All bottlenecks of the major irrigation project coming up in Rohtas district had been cleared, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi told newsmen at the sidelines of his Janata Darbar.

“We will definitely fulfil the dream of Jagjivan Ram, his party (Congress) and its ally (RJD), which together ruled Bihar for better part of the period since 1975 when the foundation stone of the project was laid in his home district.”

The delay was due to flawed decisions by successive governments since 1975. The decisions which were holding up the project were transfer of forest land to the water resources department for the project without the Centre’s approval and Supreme Court hearing a litigation in this regard, which was subsequently stayed. It was only after assumption of power by NDA that steps were taken to seek vacation of the stay at the apex court and compliance of other central government norms and the state government was able to complete formalities ahead of construction works, he claimed.

Modi accused the erstwhile successive RJD governments (1990-2005) of ‘wasteful spending’ of Rs 98.94 crore for the project and said that the NDA government worked hard for it and spent Rs 326 crore in the past six years to make the ambitious project a reality.

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