New Delhi: Ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress-led UPA government is leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters in the largest populated state. The latest in this context is the Centre’s approval of Sarayu Nahar Pariyojana of Rs 3,000 crore along with giving a green signal to the Sharda Sahayak Project on Friday.

The Union Ministry of Water Resources has decided to include two irrigation projects of Uttar Pradesh in the scheme of national projects.

According to reports, the Centre took note of the irrigation project pending for the past 34 years in the backdrop of the state elections. The scheme was shelved for the lack of funds.

The Sarayu Nahar Pariyojana was started by the UP government in 1977 but was in quiescent condition due to lack of funds. The state government had approached the Centre in this regard but in vain. However, waking up amidst the election preparations, the Central government has been raking on an opportunity to win heart of the voters in coming assembly polls.

The Centre has announced Rs 3124 fund for the two projects which would cover 90 percent costs of the projects.

According to the government, the Saryu river project would enable irrigation potential benefit of 14.04 hectares of land of Bahraich, Shrawasti, Balrampur, Gonda, Basti, Sant Kabirnagar, Siddharth Nagar and Gorakhpur districts. The project is expected to be completed by 2016 with fund of Rs 2915 by the Centre.

Similarly, the Centre has also approved Rs 209 crore for restoring the maintenance of the Sharda Sahayak Project estimated to cost Rs 319 crore. At present, it has been unable to provide agricultural benefits to its original capacity because of seepage, siltation and poor maintenance.

Once restored, the project would provide water for irrigation in Pilibhit, Lakhimpur Kheri, Shahjanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki, Raibarali, Pratapgarh, Pilibhit, Faizabad, Jaunpur, Azamgarh, Allahabad and Varanasi districts.

In its statement issued on Friday, the Ministry said, the decision has been taken by the High Powered Committee constituted for the national projects.

JPN/Bureau