Rehabilitation work for UKP III to begin soon

The rehabilitation of people for the implementation of Upper Krishna Project (UKP) Stage III will start from the next financial year, said Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Limited (KBJNL) Managing Director Kapil Mohan.

The Almatti Reservoir.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, he said the work on Stage III had already begun. As many as 76,000 acres will be submerged in the project and 20 villages will be relocated. As many as 36,000 acres of land was acquired for the construction of canals, he said.

A whopping Rs 5,690 crore is required for rehabilitation work. The funds will be raised through bonds and other sources. Loans will be taken from Nabard and Hudco for the project, he said.

The country’s biggest lift irrigation project, Mulwada Lift Irrigation Scheme, to be implemented under the project requires Rs 4,610 crore. Tenders worth Rs 930 crore have been called. As the project is the largest, a circle office will be established with two new divisions, taking the total number of divisions to four. More than 12 sub-divisions will be started, he added.

The temporary office of the Superintendent Engineer, currently functioning from Almatti, will soon be shifted to Basavana Bagewadi, Mohan added.

Roads

The repair work of the Almatti-Muddebihal Road under the purview of KBJNL has already commenced and an additional Rs four crore will be sanctioned for the work, he said.

Garden

Musical fountain and laser show have been planned at the garden in Almatti in private partnership, Mohan said.

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