Kathua Canal Medium Irrigation Project JI01734

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1Irrigation Project Name Kathua Canal Medium Irrigation Project
2Irrigation Project Name Alias
3Purpose Irrigation
4Type Medium
5Engineering Type Diversion
6Status Completed
7State Jammu & Kashmir
8Districts Benefited Kathua
9Basin Indus up to International Border
10River Indus
11Project Sharing None
12Intercountry None
13Interbasin No
14Work Started in 5 Year Plan I-Plan
15Completed in 5 Year Plan II-Plan
16Project Approval Status Planning Commission
17Year of Approval by Planning Commission 1964
18Approved Cost (Rs. in cr) .8
19Actual Cost (Rs. in cr) .8
20Culturable Command Area (CCA) (th ha) 6.52
21Ultimate Irrigation Potential (UIP) (th ha) 11.08
22Potential Created (PC) (th ha) 11.08
23Project Covered under ERM Scheme Yes
24Project Covered under CADA Scheme Yes
25Project Covered under AIBP Scheme No
26Studies Conducted
27Project Covered under Tribal Sub-Plan
28Project Covered under Drought Prone Area Programme (DPAP)
1Madhopur BarrageBarrage/ Weir/ Anicut (BWA)

Brief Description of the Project

Kathua Canal Project is situated in Kathua District of Jammu and Kashmir State. The Kathua canal Project was completed during the period 1956-61 at an estimated cost of Rs. 76.56 lacs with construction of an unlined canal 17.0 Kms. (appx.) length having a discharge capacity of 400 cusecs to irrigate C.C.A. of 6520 ha in Kathua District. This canal draws its supply of 400 cusecs from right bank of Kashmir canal at longitude 75° 35’ E and Latitude 32° 30’ N through a regulator at RD 5183 Mts. which in turn gets its supply of 800 cusecs from Ravi River upstream of Madhopur barrage. The Gross command area of Kathua canal is 11538 Ha. ( 28503 Acres) of land bounded by maghar khad on its east, Ujh river on west and Ravi river on its South.Large chunk of land in Kathua District was partly dependent upon rains and partly on Zamindari Khuls. It was found feasible to construct a canal on the right bank of river Ravi upstream of Madhopur barrage, so Kashmir canal was designed to draw 800 cusecs of water from vicinity of right side under sluice of Madhopur barrage. The canal was constructed to utilise 400 cusecs for irrigation in some areas of Punjab State located on right bank of river Ravi and providing 400 cusecs to J&K State. The J&K State bore a share of the cost because of its right over share of Ravi River water. The J&K State has a share of 0.69 MAF of water from Ravi Beas system. As per this agreement, Jammu and Kashmir State was permitted to locate a regulator on right bank at R.D. 5183 on Kashmir canal for drawing 400 cusecs of water through a feeder called Kathua feeder and later on renamed as Kathua canal extending upto left bank of Ujh river. Another cross regulator was constructed at the same location of Kashmir canal to regulate supplies of 400 cusecs into Chakander Feeder by Punjab Irrigation Department.

Modernisation of Canal system

With the passage of time the banks of main canal and distributaries have settled down and worn out and also due to profuse leakage, seepage etc. the hydraulic capacity of the canal system has decreased to a great extent. While some areas have been deprived of adequate irrigation water on the other hand some other areas are becoming water logged. In view of all these problems, the modernisation of Kathua canal project was done with an estimate cost of Rs. 1568 lakh (approved by TAC in the year 2000) and envisaged to modernise the existing canal system by providing lining, strengthening of banks and renovation/improvement of existing canal structures, construction of falls, bathing ghats, bridges , catch water drains etc. to increase annual irrigation from 11082 ha. to 14386 ha in Kathua District. The CCA of the project is also increased from 6520 to 8460 ha. These modernisation works started from 1982-83 and it was brought under AIBP during the year 1999-2000. The project is completed during the X five year plan.

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