Excess quarrying threat to irrigation projects in Jhapa

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, BHADRAPUR
Quarry operators have been found breaching the extraction limit of 877,176 cubic metres

Nov 15, 2016-Many water canals in Jhapa district are on the verge of running dry because of haphazard extraction of river products.  

A latest study conducted by the Irrigation Development Division Office has highlighted the situation.

 The ongoing extraction of river products has caused adverse impact on the environment as well, the office said.    

Unsystematic methods used to collect river products have also riled the development partners. An irrigation project based funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) at Biring River has been put on hold.  

After inspecting the project recently, an ADB team had concluded that the implementation of the project will take place only if the local political parties, District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee and the District Development Committee come together and stop the haphazard quarrying of river products. 

 The project meant for providing irrigation facility to around 15,000 hectares of land is expected to cost Rs 260 million in the present situation. 

Quarrying activities have also put the Kankai Irrigation Project at risk of closure, according to the project engineer, Birendra Yadav.  

The DDC Jhapa has allowed quarry contractors to use 11 large and small rivers in the district, limiting their extract to 877,176 cubic metres. However, officials said, the contractors have been found breaching the set extraction limit. 

Published: 15-11-2016 08:25

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