NAGAON: The Soil Conservation department plans to kick-start works of 11 infrastructure development projects in remote areas of Nagaon district.
The micro-level projects target basically the hilly regions where fruitful water harvesting programmes can be the best option to utilize rain water. A source in the Nagaon Soil Conservation department said that the projects would be implemented utilizing Rs 4.5 crore as assistance from NABARD.
"The biggest of these projects is in Sekoni area of Koliabor where we plan to harvest rain water for 1,882 hectare cultivable areas in the foothills for Baghjan villagers. The next is the Rs 49.50 lakh Bamuni project which is estimated to cover nearly 1,582 hectare agriculture area," the source said.
Nagaon Soil Conservation divisional officer Akhtar Hussain said that preliminary works of nine projects would start within this month and these would be completed within the ongoing financial year.
"Lack of surface water immediately after the end of monsoon seems to be the biggest threat for the farmers living in the foothills. Nagaon and Hojai districts have many such areas in the inter-district borders with Karbi Anglong, Dima Hasao and Golaghat. Our plan is to go for maximum utilization of rain water in these hilly belts so that farmers could go for double cropping," the source said.