in-principle consent to carry forward the work of the long-
pending Bodhghat multipurpose irrigation project in
Chhattisgarh, a state government official said on Sunday.
The proposed project, to be set up at a cost of
Rs 22,653 crore and considered a boon to the south Bastar
region, would provide irrigation facility to an area of 3.66
lakh hectares annually in naxal-affected Dantewada, Sukma and
Bijapur districts, besides generating 300 MW of hydro power,
the official said.
The project envisages construction of a dam on the
Indravati River near Barsur village in Dantewada district.
"The Union Ministry of Jal Shakti and the Central
Water Commission (CWC) have given their in-principle assent to
the pre-feasibility report of the Bodhghat project. Now the
work of survey and preparation of Detailed Project Report
(DPR) will be done at the earliest," he said, adding that the
project has been pending for the last 40 years.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had recently discussed
the project with Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh
Shekhawat through video conferencing and explained its
The state government had sent a pre-feasibility report
to the CWC on April 2 this, the official said. PTI TKP