Balh Valley Medium irrigation Project
22, july 2012:
Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, today dedicated the First Phase of ambitious, Rs.104 crore Balh Valley (Left Bank) Medium irrigation Project to the people of Sundernagar, Nachan, and Balh Assembly segments at Kalahod in Sundernagar Sub-Division of District Mandi completed at a cost of Rs. 97 crore. Shri Ravinder Singh Ravi, Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Shri Dile Ram, MLA, Chairman, State Finance Commission and President, District Mandi BJP, Shri Roop Singh Thakur, MLA, Sundernagar and other prominent people of the area were present on the occasion. This would irrigate 2355 hectares (29438 bigha) of area benefiting 7500 families of 24 Gram Panchayats of the area. On completion of 2nd phase, 2780 hectare area would be irrigated.
The Chief Minister, Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal had laid the foundation of this project on January 14, 2008 with a view to provide irrigation facilities in the area to boost up commercial farming. He said that work on Second Phase had also been started and would be completed at a cost of Rs. 7.02 crore thereby bringing more areas under irrigation. He said that the second phase would be completed by December this year and would irrigate 425 hectares of farm land. He said that this project would benefit 57 villages of 18 gram panchayats of Balh constituency, 3 each in Sundernagar and Nachan Assembly segments.