Upper Ganga Canal System JI02002
Project in Brief
Upper Ganga Canal system is one of the oldest irrigation system of Uttar Pradesh and serves a CCA of 9.24 lakh Heactare in Western Uttar Pradesh besides augmenting irrigation water to Agra canal and Lower Ganga canal system. The canal system was commissioned in 1854-55. This canal offtakes from the right bank of Bhimogoda barrage constructed on Ganga river near Haridwar in 1991-92, replacing the old weir constructed way back in 1914-1920. The canal provides irrigation to 10 number of districts. The length of main canal is 290 km and head discharge capacity is 311 cumec and has distribution system of 6537 km. After the construction of Madhya Ganga Project & Ramganga Project the CCA of the project is now 4.57 Lakh hectare.
Modernisation of Canal system
In the initial reach of 32 km, there are 4 major cross drainage structures, which has now outlived its life as well as canal has also become old. As such a Parallel Ganga canal was considered necessary for carrying out the modernisation of canal system so that the canal functions efficiently. A project for Modernisation was approved by Planning Commission in 1992 for an estimated cost of Rs 467.76 crore. The Project involves following major components:
1. Construction of Parallel Upper ganga Canal from km. 6 to km. 29.60.
2. Four major cross drainage works- Ranipur syphon, Pathri Super passage, Ratmau aqueduct, Solani aqueduct.
3. Parallel Upper Ganga canal from km.177.3 to km. 240.
4. Modernisation of distributaries - Bulandshahar, Harduaganj, Machhua.
The project received loan from World bank form the year 1984 to 1995 and subsequently AIBP assistance from 1996-97. the project is completed.