CEC reviews minor irrigation works, lift irrigation scheme of Sodh

Excelsior Correspondent

KARGIL, Sept 6: Chairman/ CEC LAHDC Kargil, Feroz Ahmed Khan today chaired a review meeting related to works of minor irrigation (drip irrigation) and lift irrigation scheme of Sodh in respect of Yurbaltak constituency at Council Secretariat.
Former CEC LAHDC Kargil and Councilor Yurbaltak Constituency, Kacho Ahmed Ali Khan, Chief Agriculture Officer Kacho Mohammad Ali Khan, Executive Engineer PHE Division Mohammad Hassan Lone, BDC Chairperson Zakir Hussain and other PRI members of Sodh Constituency were present during the meeting.
Threadbare discussions and deliberations were followed on various aspects pertaining to the works related to lift irrigation and drip irrigation scheme in Sodh. The village representatives informed that the drip irrigation scheme is a success. However, due to drought-like situation, they stressed over the need to divert the funds under Micro Drip Irrigation to Lift Irrigation scheme works to preserve the existing crops, agricultural lands and orchards.
Speaking on the occasion, Khan said that the Drip Irrigation Scheme shall not be converted into Lift Irrigation but, instead, the bored water of drip irrigation will be put into Khuls to save the existing crops, trees etc. from severe drought. However same shall be used for drip irrigation once the drought situation is over,” Khan said.
The CEC gave a patient hearing to the demand of public representatives of Sodh block and assured to do the needful by taking the matter with the higher authorities in the UT Administration since the Scheme falls under state sector SDP.
Khan also took assessment of major Lift Irrigation scheme to Sodh and was informed that Rs 1.5 crore has been released while Rs 60 lakh have been allocated for the access road while all machinery and equipment are dispatched by the concerned departments.
The CEC was informed that all measures will be taken to make Phase-1 of the Sodh Lift Irrigation scheme functional.
Earlier CAO Kargil gave detailed information about the status of Micro Drip Irrigation scheme in different villages of the Sodh Constituency.