Bihar: Old stream of Lakhandei river, lifeline of Sitamarhi district, revived after four decades | Patna News

PATNA: The old stream of Lakhandei river, once considered as the lifeline of Sitamarhi district, was revived on Friday after a gap of four decades.
“Today’s is a historic day. The old stream of Lakhandei river has been revived after a gap of four decades. Waters were released in the old stream of the river at the directive of CM Nitish Kumar soon after his inspection of the river revival project. The water released today will reach up to Sitamarhi town by late night,” state’s water resources minister Sanjay Kumar Jha told TOI on Friday after returning from the project site.
The minister further said in order to revive the old stream of Lakhandei, a 3-km long new channel was constructed, and desilting works were completed in 18.27 km length of the riverbed. The old stream was linked to the new stream through the 3-km long new channel.
The minster also said the Lakhandei revival scheme is near completion. “Once the scheme is fully completed, a total of 2539.86 acres of land in Sitamarhi, Bathnaha, Sonbarsa and Runnisaidpur blocks will be converted into agriculture lands,” Jha told TOI over phone.
Earlier in the day, CM Nitish Kumar inspected the ongoing Lakhandei river revival project near Khap village under Sonbarsa block of Sitamarhi district and issued necessary instructions to the officials.
The CM inquired from the officials about the desilting works and construction work of the new link channel.
Accompanied by the WRD minister Jha and the department’s secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, the CM also inspected Belwa Dam project in Sheohar district.
Earlier, Nitish visited Birpur in Supaul district and inspected the ongoing construction work of the Physical Modelling Centre (PMC), which -once ready- will provide accurate inputs for flood forecasting after studying the hydraulic properties of river waters.
The Birpur-based Physical Modelling Centre would be the second institute of its kind in the country after the Pune-based Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS). The PMC is being built at a cost of Rs 108.93 crore, a WRD official said.

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