Status of Bembla Irrigation Project in Vidarbha

Last Modified: Tue Dec 24 2019 07:12:28 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 53,968 hectares
    area of land in 5 talukas of Yavatmal that the project is supposed to irrigate. Of this, 47,000 hectares is proposed to be irrigated by a canal system and 6,968 hectares by atomised drip irrigation.
  • 117
    villages are to be irrigated under this project. Farmers of Babhulgaon, Kalamb, Ralegaon and Maregaon talukas of Yavatmal are the targeted beneficiaries.
  • 1993
    year of commencement of the project.
  • Rs. 190.63 crore
    original cost of the project when approved in 1992.
  • 23 years
    and the project is yet to completed. Incomplete main canal, sub-standard construction of lining of the main channel, growth of trees & shrubs in branch canals, no trace of construction of distributaries, among others, are some of the major findings by volunteers of a group of NGOs who visited the site.
  • 1,200 hectares
    of land, a mere 2% of the project's intended capacity, is actually getting some water from this project. The canal to distribute water from the main storage is yet to be completed.
  • 6 years
    of delay in construction of a 113 metre canal which is key for distributing water to farms in the area. The contractor has not only been given 3 extensions but paid an escalation cost of Rs. 41 crore instead of being penalised.
  • 5 years
    in a row that 150 acres of adjacent farms have been suffering from water logging as a result of heavy leakage on account of inferior quality of the lining of the canal.
  • Rs. 1,857 crore
    amount spent to date.
  • Rs. 3,622 crore
    revised cost for completion of the project as of Sep 2016. A whopping 20 times the original cost.
  • 04 Feb 2018
    Jan Manch and other social organizations visit the project and report while the dam is complete, the distribution network is not. The Ralegaon mail and sub-main canal, while constructed, do not have lining which will result in water seepage and hence wastage. A minor canal from Mengapur to Waldur, built 10 years ago, has never been used and was found to be filled with mud and vegetation!
  • 06 Mar 2019
    The project gets its fourth revised administrative approval taking the cost to Rs. 3,517 crore.
  • 29 Jul 2019
    Anti Corruption Bureau informs Nagpur bench of Bombay high court through an affidavit that mobilization advance was given to contractor without proper cause.
  • 19 Sep 2019
    The project was visited by CWC officers and they reviewed the progress with the Chief Engineer and other officers of the project. Rs 42.9 crore was released as Central assistance under PMKSY- AIBP for the project.
  • 22 Dec 2019
    Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announces pending irrigation projects in Vidarbha would be completed by June 2023.