Achievements of Irrigation and Public Health Department
• 8411 drinking water supply schemes being implemented in the State.
• 2327 Irrigation schemes being implemented in the State.
• Drinking water facility available in all census villages.
• Priority accorded to ensure safe drinking water supply to the left out habitations and bring more and more areas under irrigation.
• According to a survey, 42476 habitations out of 53201 habitations were provided drinking water supply upto 1st April 2012. During the current financial year, a target has been fixed to provide drinking water supply to additional 2530 habitations. The present government has provided drinking water supply to 20447 habitations till 30th June, 2012.
• According to census survey, 2011, 89.55 percent families are being provided drinking water supply through pipes.
• An awareness campaign to sensitise the office bearers of Panchayati Raj institutions regarding the proper water management through the community participation is underway by C.C.D. U.
• Field Test kits have been provided to all Panchayats for testing the purity of water.
• 15031 office bearers of Panchayati Raj institutions have been trained in rural drinking water management, out of which 11061 have been provided training in the last 4 years.
• Under 'Jalmani Programme', UV and Terafill Filters are being made available to the schools in a phased manner so as to provide safe drinking water to the students. 2677 UV and 3000 Terrafill filters have been provided to the schools under the programme.
• The assistance of NGOs is being sought to bring about an awareness regarding rural drinking water management.
• Three ambitious drinking water supply schemes, which entails an expenditure of Rs 172.22 crore will provide drinking water to about 1171 habitations. This includes Rs. 68.33 crore water supply scheme augmentation in NC/PC habitations of Changer area, Rs. 39.23 crore drinking water supply scheme in Paragpur and Jaswan area , both of which have been dedicated to the people and work is in progress on Rs. 64.66 crore drinking water scheme in Sadar, Ghumarwin and Jhandutta Blocks of district Bilaspur.
• The State Government has accorded priority for setting up of hand pumps in areas facing water scarcity. Till 30th June, 2012, a total of 27738 hand pumps have been installed in the State out of which 12345 have been installed during last four and half years. A target to install 2500 hand pumps had been fixed for the current fiscal.
• The powers to approve private taps has been given to Assistant Engineer and the process to sanction private taps has been simplified.
• The services being provided by the Irrigation and Public Health have been enlisted in the Public Services Guarantee Act-2011 and will be provided within the stipulated time-frame.
• Out of 56 towns in the State, sewerage schemes have been implemented in 18 towns and work is in progress in 24 towns.
• For ensuring the sustainability of these schemes, attention is being paid to rain water harvesting and storage, construction of check dams and dykes.
• Water Management Board has been constituted for ensuring proper use and management of water resources in the State.
• In view of Climate change, rain water harvesting is being paid attention. 739 schemes to the tune of Rs 11938.17 lakh and having a storage capacity of 4071746.42 cum have been approved under various programmes by the State Government upto 30th June, 2012. Out of this 285 schemes worth Rs 1298.52 lakh with a storage capacity of 223945.18 cum have been completed and work is in progress on 294 schemes at a cost of Rs 2420.56 lakh.
• To bring about an efficiency in the functioning of the IPH department and deliver better services to the people at their doorsteps, office of the Chief Engineer has been set up at Hamirpur and a circle office at Bilaspur. For the construction of big projects and their effective implementation, 1 post of Chief engineer, 2 posts of Assistant Engineer, 1 post of Personal Assistant and post of driver has been created.
• e-samadhan is being implemented for ensuring transparency in the functioning of the Department and quick redressal of grievances.
• The State Government is endeavouring to provide irrigation to more tracts of land under State Water Policy.
• A total of 29928 hectare area has been covered under large, medium and small irrigation schemes after the present government took over. a target has been fixed to cover 7500 hectare land under irrigation facility during the current fiscal.
• Rs. 204.51 crore 'Phina Singh Medium Irrigation Project' had been started which will provide irrigation facilities in 4025 hectare area in Nurpur Tehsil.
• Rs. 103.45 crore Medium Irrigation Project which will irrigate 2979 hectares land of Nadaun Tehsil in district Hamirpur has been sanctioned by Technical Advisory Committee of Government of India.
• During last four and a half years , area of 6971 hectares of land brought under Flood Control and 1200 hectares of land to be brought under it during 2012-13.
• It for the first time in the State that four projects were approved by the Government of India under Flood Management Programme under which 90 percent central assistance is provided. These are:
o Swan River Channelization Scheme, Phase-II Rs. 235.52 crore
o Bata River Channelization Scheme Rs. 34.67 crore
o Seer Khad-from Jahu to Bamm Channelization Rs. 23.17 crore
o Soun Khad channelization Rs. 6.38 crore.
• DPR of Rs. 236.21 crore prepared for Channelization of Chhonchh khad of district Kangra.
• 191 Small Irrigation schemes worth Rs. 185.72 crore sanctioned by Government of India which will provide irrigation facility to 26652 hectares of land. Out of this, Rs. 167.15 crore will be provided by Government of India as Central assistance while Rs. 18.57 crore will be borne by the State Government.
Sl. No. Name of district No. of sanctioned schemes Estimated cost
(Rs. in lakhs)
1. Kullu 13 1118.55
2. Lahaul & Spiti 5 360.50
3. Kangra 50 4029.29
4. Hamirpur 7 371.84
5. Mandi 17 1116.57
6. Bilaspur 1 440.00
7. Una 23 2797.58
8. Shimla 7 434.75
9. Chamba 8 226.00
10. Sirmaur 16 2847.37
11. Solan 44 4830.03
Total 191 18572.48
Following irrigation projects were also provided additional funds under AIBP for accelerating the pace work after January, 2008:
• Shah Nahar Irrigation Project costing Rs. 387.17 crore was being executed. This project will provide irrigation facility to 15287 hectares of land.
• Sidhata Medium Irrigation Scheme costing Rs. 95.29 crore was being started which will bring 3150 hectares of area under irrigation.
• Rs. 84.58 crore Changer Medium Irrigation Project in Bilaspur district had been started in March, 2011. This project has provided irrigation facility to 2350 hectare of land.
• First phase of Balh Valley Medium Irrigation Project worth Rs. 103.78 crore has been dedicated to the people of the area which has brought 2355 hectares of area under irrigation facility. This is first automatic irrigation project of the country of its kind. Second phase of this project is under execution which will bring 425 hectare of land under irrigation.
• Rs. 49.50 crore World Bank aided Hydrology Project, Phase-II was being implemented. The aim of this project is collection and distribution of different data regarding hydrology, development and maintenance of the system. Till now, Rs. 32.44 crore had been spent for establishing 15 water laboratories and other related works.