KATHUA, Feb 13: To develop the irrigation resources and to tap the waste water flowing in local nullah of Kathua, town the Government of India has plan for construction of Diversion Channel for Irrigation Cum Water Storage Scheme (Check Dams) on Wajoo Nallah in village Khokhayal, Kathua. Funded by GOI under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme & State Plan of Irrigation Department the work on the project was started in the year 2007 by Irrigation & Flood Control Department.
It was to be completed within a period of three years by year 2009-10 with an estimated cost of RS 25.85 crore. But the work has not been completed even after a decade due to lack of funds and land compensation to affected farmers.
The Wajoo nallah, having a discharge of about 50 cusecs and purpose of constructing diversion channels was to irrigate the 3500 hectares of agriculture land connecting to nearly one dozen villages and to promote the fishery and also become an attraction for tourist has remained a dream for people of the area said the local residents who are eagerly waiting for completion of the project.