Letpao attends water resources ministers meet

Imphal, February 15, 2108 (DIPR) : State Water Resource Minister Shri Letpao Haokip attended a meeting of Water Resources Ministers of Seven States with Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari today at Transport Bhawan, New Delhi.

Speaking at the meeting, Shri Letpao Haokip said that the State is implementing two important projects included amongst the 99 priority projects under PMKSY namely the Thoubal Multipurpoise Prokject and the DOlaithabi Barrage Project.

Highlighting some issues of the Thoubal Multipurpose Projet, he said the barrage portion of the project is already completed and commissioned in the year 1991. He continued that the Spillway and Dam portion are also completed while the completion of the canal system and water transmission system are in the advance stage.

The Minister also highlighted that AIBP proposal for sanctioned of Rs. 74.366 crore only was already submitted to the Ministry based on the effective budget of the project amounting to Rs. 87.791 crore based on the amount reflected in the BE stage. He continued however, the budget of the project in the Revised Estimate has been enhanced from Rs. 113.425 crore to Rs.256.925 crore, an increase of Rs.143.50 crore. He also said that the State matching share, which was Rs.13.425 crore in the BE state and enhanced to Rs. 14.305 crore in the RE stage, has already been sanctioned and released by the State government.

Accordingly, a revised AIBP proposal has already been submitted to the ministry for release of Rs. 100.00 crore as central share of AIBP for the project in a single instalment, he said requesting the Union Minister for his kind consideration for release of the entire amount of Rs. 100.00 crore as Central share of AIBP in one instalment.

He also said that the Government of India has also approved 6th Revised Estimate of the project with AIBP component of Rs. 1726.79 crore only under Fast Track Performa Clearance. He also said that the cost of the AIBP component of the project has increased by Rs. 277.35 crore as compared to the 5th Revised approved cost of AIBP component.

He further observed that as per guidelines of the Ministry, the quantum of central share will be frozen as on April 1, 2012 implying that the increased cost of AIBP component approved by the ministry is to be borne by the State government. He said the State has limited resources and it will be very difficult to provide the additional amount. He further urged the Union Minister of Water Resources to consider providing one time assistance for Rs. 277.35 crore as AIBP component as a special case.

Regarding the Dolaithabi Barrage Project, he said that the barrage portion of the project is completed and that the State government has already submitted AIBP proposal for release of the central share of Rs. 13.81 crore only. The Minister also observed that there is no problem in completion of this project within the targeted period.

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