Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to lay the foundation stone for the extension, renovation and modernization of the Lower Bhavani Project System (LBP), which will be picked up at Rs. 933.10 crore, during his visit to Coimbatore on Thursday .
The LBP system comprises the main LBP channel which receives water from the Bhavani Sagar dam and extends for 201 km irrigating 2.07 lakh hectares in the districts of Erode, Tiruppur and Karur. In addition, the main canal feeds the Arakkankottai and Thadapalli canals at Kodiveri anicut, while the Kalingarayan canal which stretches 90.5 km also falls under the system.
The total length of the system is 395 km and the objective of the project is to deliver the right amount of water at the right time for the total cultivable order area (CCA) by using water efficiently and adopting conservation strategies. .
A senior engineer from the Public Works Department of the Water Resources Organization said The Hindu that the project is to be executed in six packages, first package – Rs. 194.15 crore, second – 127.65 crore, third – Rs. 198.23 crore, fourth – Rs. 189.55 crore, fifth – Rs. 76 , 80 crore and the sixth – Rs. 146.72 crore.
While packets one to four will be picked up in the LBP channel, packet five will cover Kalingarayan while packet six will cover Thadapalli and Arakkankottai channels. The funding will come under NABARD infrastructure development assistance (NIDA), he added.
The works included rehabilitation and modernization of canals to improve transport efficiency; rehabilitation of 741 locks and repair of 83 locks; reconstruction of two aqueducts and repair of eight aqueducts; reconstruction of 35 drainages and repair of 141 drainages; repair of two regulators, reconstruction of 32 bridges and repair of 15 bridges; and construction of a protective wall for a distance of 34.86 meters.
The official said that the work will only be carried out when the discharge into the canals for irrigation is stopped and the completion period is therefore two years. The implementation of this program will facilitate assured irrigation over an area of 2.47,247 acres in three districts, the engineer said.