Minister Awangbow inspects Loktak irrigation site

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Imphal: Water resource and relief and disaster management minister of Manipur Awangbow Newmai on Friday inspected the Pump House No.2 of Loktak Lift Irrigation (LLI) site along with engineer in chief of water resources department G. Robindro Sharma and other concerned officials.

Awangbow informed that the restoration of Pump House No.2 will supply water to the Imphal High Level Canal having a length of 29 km from Tera Urak Keinou to Patsoi area than discharges to Nambul River.

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The revival of the state’s major water irrigation project is one way of pushing the agricultural lands for self-sufficiency in food grain production post Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, he said.

It is also to be mentioned that LLP project, located in Bishnupur district of Manipur, has been designed to pump water from Loktak Lake at three points Pump House no.1, Pump House no.2 and Pump House No.3. discharging water through five canals to cater to a Cultural Command Area (CCA) of 23400 Ha and an Annual Irrigation Potential (AIP) of 40000 Ha.

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It was commissioned in the year 1986. Due to decline in the performance of the project, the ERM of LLIP was proposed for restoration of lost AIP of 17400 Ha (CCA 12600 Ha) in Phase-I.

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