Sikta irrigation project expected to open door for economic prosperity in Banke
With the construction of the main canal under the Sikta Irrigation Project at Agaiya, Banke district is expected to open door for economic prosperity in the district. The project, which is being constructed in the Rapti River, has reached its final phase.
The objective of the project is to provide irrigation facility to as many as 34 of the 46 VDCs in the district and 33,766 hectares of land in the Nepalgunj Municipality area.
However, the government has targeted to provide irrigation facility on around 9,000 hectares of land on the left side of the Rapti River.
The Kalika Construction Company has been constructing 17.5 kilometers, Shumshergunj-Dadhuwa main canal under the second phase of construction.
"The people nearby the project area are hopeful that the project would help improve their economic status as well as make Banke district self-dependent in agriculture," said Jayaram Tharu, a leading farmer of the project area.
The government has allocated Rs 1.14 billion for the construction of the project through the budget programme for fiscal year 2013/2014. RSS