Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Arjuna Sahayak Project as well as three other water projects totalling Rs 3240 crore for the parched land of the Bundelkhand region on November 19.
Addressing the gathering, PM Modi said, “The projects being launched today bear testimony to the developments taking place in the state. The wait is over for water in the region. Lakhs of farmers will benefit from the irrigation and dam projects. Four lakh people will get safe drinking water.”
The projects launched include Arjuna Sahayak Project worth Rs 2655.35 crore, Bhawani Dam Project worth Rs 512.74 crore, Ratauli Dam Project worth Rs 54.28 crore and Masgaon Chiili Sprinkler Project worth Rs 18.24 crore.
He added, “The present Government of Uttar Pradesh is providing potable tap water to 1,000 schools and Anganwadi centres in the state and is supplying water to houses through pipeline.”
According to the PM, there was not much difference between Bundelkhand and Gujarat in terms of the water crisis. But, Gujarat had overcome it with the help of Narmada river and Sardar Sarovar dam and Bundlekhand too will get over it soon with the help of its existing water resources coupled with over Rs 3,000 crore projects being launched today.
PM Modi added further: “We have made available 1650 quality seeds to the farmers that can help them grow crops using less amount of water. We have increased MSP on mustard and red lentils by Rs 400 to benefit farmers. We have transferred Rs 1,62,000 crore directly to the bank accounts of farmers. Our motive is to stop the migration of people, including Bundlekhand. With Defence Corridor coming up in UP, you will soon see many industrial units come up in The Bundelkhand region too with a lot of employment opportunities.”
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that 2.5 lakh acres of land of the Bundelkhand region will get water through the irrigation projects launched on Friday.
The CM said that the region was all set for further development with the Defence Corridor being set up in the state.
He added: “The slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” perfectly applies to the Bundelkhand region, where farmers are benefiting from more than a dozen irrigation projects and while the Defence Corridor is also coming up. The corridor will open up plenty of employment opportunities for the youth of the region.”