Rehabilitation work on UKP 3rd phase to be taken up

The State government will soon set in motion the R&R (resettlement and rehabilitation) work for taking up Upper Krishna third phase projects that would require acquisition of one lakh acres and rehabilitation of 20,000 families.

Speaking to reporters in Bangalore on Saturday, Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai said 130 tmc ft of Krishna water would be utilised under UKP phase III, while the height of the Almatti dam would be raising from 519 to 524 feet. Phase III would help irrigate 5.3 lakh hectares in the districts of Bijapur, Bagalkot, Koppal, Raichur and Gulbarga.

At the same time, 76,000 acres in 20 villages would be submerged due to the increase in dam height and 25,000 acres would be required for the canal systems. Around one lakh people will be displaced and the government would take steps to ensure their proper rehabilitation, he said.

Baseline Socio Economic Survey for UKP phase III will also be taken up soon, he said.
Hudco has come forward to provide Rs 600 crore loan for R&R and infrastructure work, Bommai said.

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and Bommai also held a review meeting on the progress of the work.

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