Nugu lift irrigation scheme in Nanjangud taluk set to become reality

Nanjangud MLA Harshvardhan key to implementing farmers’ dream project pending for 3+ decades; Government allocates INR 80 crore

Nugu lift irrigation scheme in Nanjangud taluk set to become reality
   

Nugu lift irrigation scheme in Nanjangud taluk set to become reality
 

Nanjangud MLA Harshvardhan key to implementing farmers’ dream project pending for 3+ decades; Government allocates INR 80 crore

 

The 3+ decade old dream project of the farmers in Nanjangud taluk is set to become a reality soon with the Government of Karnataka allocating Rs 80 crore for the Nugu Lift Irrigation scheme. This has been made possible by Nanjangud MLA B Harshavardhan (BJP) due to his persistent efforts for the welfare of the farmers in the taluk.

 

Originally proposed 30 years ago, the scheme aims to divert excess water from Kabini river to the Nugu reservoir for irrigation in Nanjangud taluk. No other experienced elected representative of Nanjangud was able to pursue and take it to the implementation level. However, Harshavardhan was determined to make this dream project of Nanjangud farmers a reality. In his first term as MLA, Harshavardhan has now earned the sobriquet of “Modern Day Bhageeratha” for bringing Kabini waters to Nugu reservoir.

The irrigation scheme will benefit 10,000 acres of dry land in more than 100 villages in Nanjangud and HD Kote taluks. For the last 35 years, many ministers and legislators had been promising to implement Nugu lift irrigation scheme in vain. But now Harshavardhan, with his strong determination and willpower, has ensured that the scheme is getting implement in full spirit and deed. This decision will impact the life of over 15,000 families.

 

Under the scheme, at Chamegowdanahundi near Saraguru, 270 cusecs of Kabini river water will be pumped to Nugu reservoir through 11 kms long pipeline. From the Nugu reservoir, water will be supplied to agricultural fields in canals; surplus water will be also used to fill more than 7 irrigation ponds in the reservoir area.

 

Narasambhudi lake, Kalale Chaluvamba lake and many minor irrigation tanks and ponds will benefit from the lift irrigation scheme. This will further help improve groundwater recharging and rejuvenation of many ponds in surrounding villages with a long-term positive impact on the water table of the region. Narasambhudi lake is biggest lake in Mysore district and over 50 villages depend on it for irrigation and drinking water purposes. The lake waters are used to grow the world famous Nanjangud banana.

 

Harshavardhan expressed happiness and satisfaction over this latest development, as the lift irrigation scheme is crucial for the livelihood for the farmers in Nanjangud taluk.