Bembla Major Irrigation Project JI00492

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1Irrigation Project Name Bembla Major Irrigation Project
2Irrigation Project Name Alias Bembla River project
3Purpose Irrigation
4Type Major
5Engineering Type Lift, Storage
6Status Ongoing
7State Maharashtra
8Districts Benefited Wardha,Amravati,Yavatmal
9Basin Godavari
10River Bembla
11Project Sharing None
12Intercountry None
13Interbasin No
14Work Started in 5 Year Plan VIII-Plan
15Completed in 5 Year Plan
16Project Approval Status Planning Commission
17Year of Approval by Planning Commission 2007
18Approved Cost (Rs. in cr) 1276.87
19Actual Cost (Rs. in cr)
20Culturable Command Area (CCA) (th ha) 60.53
21Ultimate Irrigation Potential (UIP) (th ha) 70.76
22Potential Created (PC) (th ha)
23Project Covered under ERM Scheme No
24Project Covered under CADA Scheme No
25Project Covered under AIBP Scheme Yes
26Studies Conducted
27Project Covered under Tribal Sub-Plan Yes
28Project Covered under Drought Prone Area Programme (DPAP) Yes


The Bembla major irrigation project is being constructed in Godavari basin in Yavatmal District of Maharashtra state. The project envisages construction of 7203 m long earthen dam with a maximum height of 19.06 m and 447 m long masonry/concrete dam having the maximum height of 29.15 m with 297 m long central spillway having 20 radial gates, each of size 12 X 8 m across river Bembla near Khadak - Sawanga in Babhulgaon taluka of Yavatmal District. The project also includes 115 km long Right Bank Canal with distribution network and Dehani Lift Irrigation Scheme (LIS). The annual irrigation potential of the project is 52543 Ha. (47,000 Ha. By flow and 5543 Ha. by lift) in Yavatmal District.The CCA of the project is 60528 hectare.

Techno-Economic Appraisal

The project will provide and annual irrigation to an area of 6289 Ha. in Babhulgaon, 24340 Ha. in Ralegaon Taluka, 9867 Ha. in Maregaon Taluka, 3978 Ha. in Ner Taluka and 8069 Ha. in Kalamb Taluka of Yavatmal District. The whole command area has been declared as drought prone area. The construction of project was started during 1992-93.The project was approved by the planning commission, GOI for an estimated cost of Rs. 1276.87 Crore at 2006-07 price level in June 2007. The revised estimated cost of the project has also received investment clearance of Planning Commission in the year 2011 for an estimated cost of Rs 2166.35 crore

Present Status

The Project has been included in AIBP under PM package for Vidarbha region during 2007-08.At the time of submission of the proposal i.e. up to March 2007, 96% main dam, 35% works on the main canal/branch canals, 10% works of Distributaries and Minors, part works of Dehani Lift Irrigation Scheme were complete. The balance works of the project along with construction of watercourses to create the ultimate irrigation potential of 52543 ha were included under AIBP. Upto march 2012, the head works is completed and the canal network is under progress. So far irrigation potential of 291,81 hectare is created. The project is planned to be completed by 2013-14.

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