Minor Irrigation Department’s initiatives result in irrigation of additional 10 lakh hectares in 5 years in Uttar Pradesh

Irrigation

As part of its mission to improve the condition of farmers, especially marginal and small farmers in the state and double their income in the coming years, the Uttar Pradesh Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has undertaken a number of initiatives with an aim to improve irrigation facilities in the state in the last five years.

According to the Minor Irrigation Department, free bore wells/shallow tube wells are being constructed to facilitate irrigation of agricultural lands belonging to marginal and small farmers and arrangement has been made for irrigation of additional 10 lakh hectares of land in the state in the last five years through various schemes run by the Minor Irrigation Department.

A Minor Irrigation Department press release reveals that a total of 4,88,851 free boring/shallow tube wells have been constructed by the department between the financial year 2018-19 and July 5, 2022. The shallow tube wells are 30 metres deep, constructed from PVC pipes with a diameter of 110 mm.

501 ponds constructed/renovated in Bundelkhand to enhance irrigation facilities

The Government has also done a remarkable job in enhancing irrigation facilities, especially in the Bundelkhand region, which has been battling with water crisis for a long through the Bundelkhand package under Groundwater Conservation Mission. A total of 501 ponds have been constructed/renovated by the Minor Irrigation Department from the financial year 2018-19 to July 5, 2022, under the Bundelkhand package. The package aims to ensure ground water enrichment/irrigation/fish rearing/animal drinking water in selected development blocks.

718 check dams built to ensure availability of water for irrigation

The Yogi Government has also built 718 check dams to augment groundwater level from the financial year 2018-19 to July, 2022. Check dams are constructed on drains during the rainy season to conserve water in order to ensure its availability to the farmers for irrigation purposes.

The department has also dug up as many as 1256 blast wells with a depth of 15 metres and a diameter of 4 to 6 metres in Bundelkhand and Vindhya plateau regions for irrigation purposes between 2018-19 and July 2022.

Furthermore, the Minor Irrigation Department has drilled 4064 deep tube wells with a depth ranging between 61 and 90 metres as well as 12007 medium deep tube wells with a depth of 31 to 60 metres from 2018-19 till July, which is benefiting farmers of all categories. Once a deep tube well as well as a medium tubewell becomes operational, a total of 12 hectares and 10 hectares of land are irrigated respectively per boring.

Meanwhile, under the Private Irrigation Programme of the Collective Tube Well Scheme, a total of 607 collective tubewells have been constructed by the department from 2018-19 to July 5, 2022, which are benefitting two groups of farmers- Scheduled Castes / Tribes farmers as well as small and marginal farmers from the general category.

Minor Irrigation Department’s initiatives result in irrigation of additional 10 lakh hectares in 5 years in Uttar Pradesh

The Yogi Government has also built 718 check dams to augment groundwater level from the financial year 2018-19 to July, 2022. Check dams are constructed on drains during the rainy season to conserve water in order to ensure its availability to the farmers for irrigation purposes.

The department has also dug up as many as 1256 blast wells with a depth of 15 metres and a diameter of 4 to 6 metres in Bundelkhand and Vindhya plateau regions for irrigation purposes between 2018-19 and July 2022.

Furthermore, the Minor Irrigation Department has drilled 4064 deep tube wells with a depth ranging between 61 and 90 metres as well as 12007 medium deep tube wells with a depth of 31 to 60 metres from 2018-19 till July, which are benefiting farmers of all categories. Once a deep tube well as well as a medium tubewell becomes operational, a total of 12 hectares and 10 hectares of land are irrigated respectively per boring.

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Meanwhile, under the Private Irrigation Programme of the Collective Tube Well Scheme, a total of 607 collective tubewells have been constructed by the department from 2018-19 to July 5, 2022, which are benefitting two groups of farmers- Scheduled Castes / Tribes farmers as well as small and marginal farmers from the general category.