Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Former Deputy Prime Minister Shri Lal Krishna Advani laid foundation stone of Rs. 432 crore Narmada-Kshipra Link Project at Kshipra River’s originating point Kshipra Tekri at village Ujjaini, about 22 kilometres from Indore today.
On the occasion, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that a grand temple of Maa Narmada and Kshipra will be built at originating point of Kshipra river known as Kshipra Tekri. Shri Chouhan said that this place will be developed as a pilgrimage centre and will be known as Sangam Sthal (confluence place).
Shri Lal Krishna Advani said that this river-link project is unique.
Under the scheme, there will be direct or indirect confluence of not only two, but several important and holy rivers. He informed that the plan to link rivers and build their network throughout the country was conceptualised by former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Shri Chouhan said that he is feeling great pleasure by seeing that Shri Vajpayee’s dream is taking a concrete shape. He said that river linkage will lessen perils of floods in the wake of heavy rains and give relieve from problem of drought in case of scanty rainfall in the state.
Shri Advani lavished praise on this unique river-link project of Madhya Pradesh government. He said that target to complete first phase of the project within a year is significant. Shri Advani said that this days is very important in his life since he got an opportunity to visit emergence of River of Salvage Kshipra. He said that this day is also very important for denizens of Malwa region since their lives are set for revolutionary changes following its completion.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that it is his good fortune that he got the opportunity to fulfill dream of former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He said that first phase of the project will be completed in record time of one year. This project will bring about prosperity in Madhya Pradesh, especially Malwa region, which will get a new lease of life and its residents’ lives will undergo a positive change. Shri Chouhan announced to construct a grand temple of Maa Narmada and Kshipra at Kshipra River’s originating point Kshipra Tekri. Shri Chouhan said that this place will be developed as a pilgrimage centre and will be known as Sangam Sthal.
Earlier, Shri Lal Krishna Advani and Chief Minister Shri Chouhan laid the foundation stone of Narmada-Kshipra Simhastha Link Project amidst chants of Vedic hymns.
Minister of State for Narmada Valley Development Shri Kanhaiyalal Agrawal, Minister of State for Health & Medical Education Shri Mahendra Hardia, Rajya Sabha member Shri Prabhat Jha, Lok Sabha member Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, former MP Shri Thawarchand Gehlot, Madhya Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation Chairman Shri Govind Malu, Indore Zila Panchayat Chairman Shri Omprakash Parsawadia, local MLA Shri Jitu Jirati, other people’s representatives, mediapersons, administrative officers and villagers were present on the occasion.
Narmada-Kshipra Simhastha Link Project
Omkareshwar canal emanates from left bank of Omkareshwar Irrigation Project dam in which 85 cusecs of water are available. Total 50 cusecs of water is needed for the project’s phase-II and III from junction place of left bank canal. Of remaining 35 cusecs, 15 cusecs of water are proposed to be released into under-construction Sisliya tank for phase-IV of Omkareshwar lift irrigation canal. Following meeting canal’s requirement, 20 cusecs of water will remain available, of which 5 cusecs of water is proposed to be released through lift irrigation from Sisliya tanks into Jijlawanti nullah near village Ujjaini in Indore district. This nullah falls into Kshipra river after flowing upto 15 kilometres.
In this way, Narmada water will reach Ujjain by flowing in Kshipra river. As per initial estimates, Narmada water will flow upto about 49 kilometres and its lift irrigation will be made upto a height of 348 metres. For this lift irrigation pumps will be installed at four places. Administrative sanction of entire project is to the tune of Rs. 432 crore. Before flowing Narmada water through lift irrigation from Sisliya reservoir in Indore district upto the starting point of Kshipra river, it will be released into an attractive pit. Narmada water will reach the starting point of Kshipra river through a ten kilometre long concretised canal from this proposed pit measure 10X15 metres and 2.5 metres deep. Portion of the canal from the pit upto Kshipra originating point will be beautified.
In the first phase, Narmada water will be flowed into Kshipra River from Sisliya reservoir. In the next phases, Narmada water will be lifted from Maheshwar reservoir and released into Gambhir River and from Indira Sagar reservoir into Kali Sindh and Parwati rivers. On project’s completion Irrigation facility will be available in 17 lakh hectares in Malwa region. New vistas of agricultural development will open up in the region. Malwa region’s long-standing drinking water problem will be solved permanently. Narmada water flowing into Kshipra river will quench the thirst of 70 towns and 3000 villages. Availability of water will accelerate pace of industrial development in Malwa region. Water will be available to hundreds of existing and future industries. One of the most remarkable benefits of the project will be that water requirements for holy bathing of lakhs of devotees will be fulfilled during Simhastha held at Ujjain after every 12 years. Other water requirements will also be met.
Besides, the project will also meet existing and future water requirements of Ujjain and Dewas cities.
Release of Narmada water into Kshipra River will also recharge and increase groundwater table in the region. As a result, ample water will be available in wells, tube-wells and ponds. Power consumption on lifting water will come down when water level goes up.