The Project was conceived in year 2014 in sub-mountainous Shivalik foothill zone of Talwara and Hajipur blocks in district Hoshiarpur. The area selected for project is predominately rainfed, characterized by low agricultural production, small land holdings, poor socio economic conditions and limited employment opportunities. Kandi canal also called the lifeline of kandi area transverses through the area, the area to the right of canal being at lower elevation is irrigated through gravitational flow whereas the area to the right of canal which is at higher elevation can be irrigated utilizing lift irrigation. Thus the population residing on higher elevation was deprived of the benefits of this canal as lift irrigation schemes not only have high inceptive cost but also involve high recurring costs of operation in form of fossil fuel consumption and maintenance related expenses, which the inhabitants, having no assured income source, can ill afford.
The project when conceived was a grid connected and manually operated micro-lift irrigation project but the situation and most importantly the socio-economic conditions of farmers of the region, warranted a self sustainable project with minimal operation and maintenance costs. After due deliberations with experts, the Department converted this project in to Solar powered, fully remotely automated project. The project was approved as 'Solar Powered Community Micro Irrigation Project (CMIP) in kandi-belt of Talwara and Hajipur blocks of District Hoshiarpur' with assistance from NABARD under RIDF-18 and RKVY with a total cost of 40.94 cr. The work on project was started in April, 2015 and was divided into three phases. The project will be operated and maintained for 7 years by Department, thus providing a seven year gestation period for farmers to develop their fiscal and technical capacity. This seven year period shall allow provide a head start for farmers, for augmentation of agricultural activities in their fields and create an assured income source, helping them in smooth operation of project after Department's exits . The Project was completed and commissioned on 7th August, 2017.
The total command area of the project is 664 hectares falling under 14 villages and the volume of water lifted from canal for irrigation is 15.7 cusecs. The project is fully automated and operated with dedicatedly developed software on cloud architecture in integrated with GPS, Sensor and Radio based technologies/systems.. The 15.7 cusec water is lifted from three number of lift points created at kandi canal. Water is lifted through siphon system which is equipped with level monitoring sensors to monitor water level in the canal and sump. Further, 9 number of sump wells or booster stations have been constructed as at various elevations for distribution of irrigation water to fields at higher elevations. Total of 3798 solar photovoltaic panels generating 1.1 MW and 46 pumpsets of 18 to 23 hp capacity have been installed at base and booster stations.
For smooth operation, the project area has been divided into 378 smaller sections of 1.5 ha each connected through 18 distribution lines. Each distribution line is equipped with Remote Terminal Units(RTU) for sending a signal to base station to manage and control the water supply to that line, which is based on pre-programmed time based sensors. Each section thus receives a dedicated volume of irrigation water, depending of crop grown in that section, thus preventing over irrigation and conserving water. The farmers are being provided water through the valves installed in their fields with duty of 2mm/m2/day which are controlled from a central server room. Irrigation is only through drip or sprinkler irrigation systems, which have been provided depending upon the crop farmers, are cultivating. 11 km of Fencing is also provided under the project, to protect the cropped land from threat of wild animals. The total 18 water user associations have been formed among the land holders, which have upon consensus among themselves have fixed their turn for distribution of water. The system is also equipped with manual over ride system in case of any technical glitch in the automated system.

Due to negligible agricultural activity, the farmers of area are not versed with latest crop varieties and agronomic techniques, a training centre has also been set up, which shall not only help farmers in agricultural related activities besides providing technical knowhow for operation of the project. It also provide trainings to landless and women for livelihood generation.  Precision Farming Development Center, PAU, Ludhiana is closely associated with the project right from its inception of project to providing trainings and organizing camps to farmers. Jain Irrigation Systems Limited, which was awarded the project through competitive bidding process is executing work for the project. Consultations are also being held with State Power Regulatory body for buy back of excess power generated from SPV system during less irrigation water demand period.

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