Steel pipes to be used for irrigation
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said steel pipes will be used for irrigation instead of canal system, a move aimed at cutting down on land acquisition costs and promoting innovations.
The transport and water resources minister, who was addressing a Moroccan delegation — led by its Minister for Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water Abdelkader Amara — also said that India was keen to strengthening ties with the African nation.
“In one part of India, we have lots of water and the other faces shortages. Water conservation is important here and we are encouraging innovations and technologies. Now we have taken a decision that in place of canal system we will use steel pipes supplying water for irrigation. We are saving the cost of land acquisition,” Gadkari said.
He said land acquisition has become a costly proposition here and by using steel pipes not only sufficient savings will be there but the output will be more than double.
“We are accepting lots of technologies in water resources ministry. We are encouraging drip irrigation. We are now planning for river connectivity. We will take water where we need it,” Gadkari, who also holds portfolios of shipping and Ganga rejuvenation ministries, said.