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       In order to ensure sanitation facilities in rural areas, with the broader goal to eradicate the practice of open defecation, a comprehensive programme called Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) has been undertaken to cover all households with water and sanitation facilities and promote hygiene behaviour for overall improvement of health and sanitation in rural areas.

       Under the SBM (G) programmer, Cooch Behar has so far constructed 44,683 Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) but 3,15,670 IHHLs still need to be constructed before Cooch Behar can be declared a Nirmal District. In order to achieve this target by 2017, as declared by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, the District Administration along with the Cooch Behar Zilla Parishad is undertaking a massive awareness campaign to promote SBM(G).

       Under the leadership of the District Magistrate, the focus of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) will be to ensure that the toilets are not only built but also PUT TO USE. This entails creating a paradigm shift in the attitudes and behaviour of the people. This behavioural change in society will sought to be addressed through an intensive IEC campaign highlighting the dangers of open defecation, the hidden costs associated with it and the benefits of observing hygienic and sanitary practices. For this purpose a special 7-Member Cell headed by the Addl. Executive Officer, has been constituted at the Zilla Parishad to oversee and coordinate all SBM (G) matters. While the District administration, all PRI functionaries, from ZP to GP level and Line Departments will be involved in this IEC campaign, the main thrust will be provided by the women headed Self Help Groups, AWW, ASHA karmis and ANMs. They will be the main foot-soldiers in the campaign to bring about a behavioural change in society, such that the IHHLs are not only built but also put to use. Rural Sanitary Marts have been assigned to each Block and have been given fixed monthly targets in order to achieve the goal of “Nirmal Cooch Behar”. Any eligible beneficiary can avail a modern sanitary latrine worth .10,900/- by contributing a nominal sum of .900/- by contacting the local Mart, PRI functionaries or Block Administration.

       To facilitate the NIRMAL COOCH BEHAR ABHIYAN, the District Magistrate convened a meeting with all district level Line Departments on the 20th October 2014 to explore ideas as to how they could be incorporated into the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) programme. This was followed by a meeting on 21st October 2014, with all PRI functionaries including Hon’ble M-in-C, Forest Department, MP, MLAs, Savapatis and GP Pradhans to sensitize them about the mission, and to discuss how they could facilitate and provide leadership to the programme.

 

       As part of the “Nirmal Cooch Behar” programme, the Cooch Behar District Administration and Zilla Parishad organized a week long-programme from the 27th October to 1st November 2014. The programme on the 27th October, at Harinchowra Footbal Ground, Cooch Behar was inaugurated by Sri Binay Kumar Barman, Hon’ble MIC, Forest Department, Government of WB. Sri Rabindranath Ghosh, MLA, Smt Renuka Sinha, MP, Smt Pushpita Roy Dakua, Sabhadipati were the other Distinguished Guests at the programme. Simultaneously similar programmes are also being held at the SDO, BDO and Gram Panchayat levels. Alongside normal campaign materials like Hoardings, Banners, Posters, Leaflets and stickers, innovative IEC materials like Bhawaiya and Baul songs, Street Dramas, Puppet shows and magic shows will be used to spread awareness and educate the people. Quiz competitions, Sit and Draw and Slogan Writing competitions will be organized at every level. Human and Cycle rallies, Human Chains, Marathons, Football/Cricket matches etc. will also be organized at every level. To supplement these messages, the AWW, ASHA karmis and ANMs will conduct door to door campaigns to spread awareness and the need to build and use toilets. SMS messages were also sent to the people through the BSNL network.

       The “Raas Mela” is the most important event in the socio-cultural calendar of Cooch Behar. Taking this into consideration, SBM-G Cell prepared an intensive IEC campaign centred around the Raas Mela. The stall at the mela was inaugurated by the Sabhadipati and the District Magistrate. Everyday 100 SHG members were administered the Sanitation Pledge, after which they circulated the mela distributing leaflets and calendars to the public. One constraint of the mela premises was the absence of washroom facilities, so the SBM-G cell constructed sanitary toilets and urinals for the general public. This was appreciated by one and all.

       As some RSMs are not performing as per expectations, the District Magistrate has taken and initiative to involve SHG Clusters / Federation as RSMs. Towards this end training material is being prepared and the SHG member will be trained to function as production units and masons.

       The District Magistrate and the Sabhadipati appeals to all the people of Cooch Behar to join hands and work together to make our district “Nirmal” and fulfill Meena’s three wishes :
       1. My Toilet
       2. My Health
       3. My Dignity.

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~ Irrigation and Waterways Department of Cooch Behar ~


       The Irrigation & Waterways Department having jurisdiction over 10 nos. of block of Cooch Behar district is mainly interested with the task of river bank protection in the district. There are more than 30 nos. of large rivers flowing through the jurisdiction of Cooch Behar irrigation division.

       At present 28% of the river bank in the district remains protected from erosion. Cooch Behar district is a major river erosion prone district. Large chunks of valuable cultivable land is being eroded and washed away every year much to the distress and agony of our farmers. This is in deed a major source of concern and challenge for this district. The department has send several proposals for anti erosion schemes to the Govt. An apex body called Board of Technical Consultants to North Bengal Flood Control Commission examines the schemes and accords approval. As per availability of fund the schemes are then executed.

Jurisdiction
       Except Haldibari and Mekhliganj Bolcks entire Cooch Behar district is within the jurisdiction of this Division.

       There are more than 30 rivers flowing through the jurisdiction of Cooch Behar Irrigation Division. Among these there are 6 major rivers like Jaldhaka, Torsa, Raidak and Gangadhar with numerous medium size (7 nos) tributaries like Dhrala, Mujnai, Sutuga, Gadadhar etc. including 17 nos. of minor rivers spread through out the district. The total length of these rivers account for about 800 km with the total river bank length of 1600 km. it is seen that as on 09.07.2010 the existing protection work of the Irrigation & Waterways Department has been provided to about 440 km of the river bank. This measure has been able to protect about 470.75 sq. km. of the district land.

Activities
       Cooch Behar Irrigation Division is entrusted with the task to protect river banks from erosion by executing anti-erosion schemes. Anti-erosion schemes are framed as per necessity and demand of people. An apex body called Board of Technical Consultants to North Bengal Flood Control Commission examine the schemes and accords approval. As per availability of fund the schemes are then executed. About 28% of the river bank is protected. Another 25.75 Km of river bank is taken-up for protection with Rs. 27.84 Crore during this year. Numbers of locations are 39 Nos. Heads of fund are RIDF-XIV/RIDF-XV/UUP/BADP/CORE STATE PLAN. Numbers of BTC approved schemes pending for execution are 35 nos. And, total cost of the schemes is Rs.3779.51 Lakh.

 

Status of ongoing activities 2009-10:

Sl No.

No. of Schemes/locations

Total fund sanctioned

Length (in km)

Source of fund

1

39 nos.

27.84 crore

25.75 km

RIDF /UUP/BADP/ STATE PLAN.

2

35 nos.BTC Approved

37.7951 crore

 

Pending for execution

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Area Irrigated by different sources in the district of Cooch Behar
Year
Area irrigated by (All figures in Thousand hectares)
Govt. Canal Tank HDTW
(High Capacity
Deep Tubewell)
MDTW
(Middle Capacity
Deep Tubewell)
LDTW
(Low Capacity
Deep Tubewell)
STW
(Shallow Tubewell)
RLI
(River Lift Irrigation)
ODW
(Open Dug Well)
Others Total
 2007-2008 - 5.89 16.17 3.40 - 51.36 11.28 6.63 5.77 100.50
2008-2009 - 5.89 3.48 0.14 - 66.41 14.71 2.28 8.83 101.74
2009-2010 - 5.85 3.60 0.15 - 66.66 14.78 2.57 8.95 102.56
2010-2011 - 5.88 3.64 0.22 - 68.06 14.97 2.84 9.12 104.73
2011-2012 - 5.89 3.71 0.26 - 69.46 15.29 3.11 9.29 107.01
Sources : 1) Asstt. Engineer (Agri. Mech. & Agri. Irri.), Cooch Behar
2) Sub-Div. Engineer, Minor Irrigation Corporation, Cooch Behar
3) Water Investigation & Development Deptt., Govt. of West Bengal
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Sources of Irrigation in the district of Cooch Behar
Year (All figures in Numbers)
Tank HDTW
(High Capacity
Deep Tubewell)
MDTW
(Middle Capacity
Deep Tubewell)
LDTW
(Low Capacity
Deep Tubewell)
STW
(Shallow Tubewell)
RLI
(River Lift Irrigation)
ODW
(Open Dug Well)
Others
 2007-2008 1762 106 27 - 39841 308 6495 1065
2008-2009 1762 97 7 - 43279 372 6769 1023
2009-2010 1762 106 8 - 43386 375 6823 1035
2010-2011 1762 108 8 - 43416 382 6869 1043
2011-2012 1762 108 9 - 43438 387 6917 1051
Sources : 1) Asstt. Engineer (Agri. Mech. & Agri. Irri.), Cooch Behar
2) Sub-Div. Engineer, Minor Irrigation Corporation, Cooch Behar
3) Water Investigation & Development Deptt., Govt. of West Bengal
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Sources of Irrigation & Area Irrigated by different sources in the Blocks of Cooch Behar for the year 2011-12
Name of Block Canal
Area
*

(in hectare)
Tank RLI
(River Lift Irrigation)
DTW
(Deep Tubewell)
STW
(Shallow Tubewell)
ODW
(Open Dug Well)
Others Total
No. Area
(in hectare)
No. Area
(in hectare)
No. Area
(in hectare)
No. Area
(in hectare)
No. Area
(in hectare)
No. Area
(in hectare)
No. Area
(in hectare)
Cooch Behar - I 200 10 355 44 1520 18 518 5695 8782 18 65 120 1035 5905 12475
Cooch Behar - II 55 830 1640 33 1410 15 445 4293  7598 17 85 139 1120 5327 12353
Dinhata - I 150 48 690 50 1820 24 890 5177  8012 21 85 101 1020 5421 12667
Dinhata - II 40 2 40 38 1810 15 486 4342  7545 19 68 33 1165 4449 11154
Haldibari 295 10 50 17 523 3 84 1358  2706 529 254 18 190 1935 4102
Mathabhanga - I  200 3 150 39 1428 3 112 2827 3293 2117 600 137 948 5126 6731
Mathabhanga - II  240 10 320 40 1595 4 172 5443 5796 26 88 93 855 5616 9066
Mekhliganj  100  26 70 25 1260 4 95 1107 2028 3647 1140 300 775 5109 5468
Sitai  50 30 120 16 656 4 155 1524 3500 20 95 12 280 1606 4856
Sitalkuchi  234 27 395 26 1046 6 256 3224 7968 25 76 21 698 3329 10673
Tufanganj - I  90 752 1565 38 1444 10 360 5197 7922 20 90 58 650 6075 12121
Tufanganj - II  50 14 490 21 780 11 395 3251 4311 458 460 19 550 3774 7036
Note :
   
* - Private Canal
    Deep Tubewell = HDTW+MDTW+LDTW
Sources : 1) Dy. Director of Agriculture, Cooch Behar
2) Asstt. Engineer (Agri. Irrigation), Cooch Behar
3) Asstt. Engineer (Agri. Mechanical), Cooch Behar
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Implementation of Minor Irrigation Schemes

       Cooch Behar is an irrigation deficient district. There are no major irrigation schemes worth mentioning in the district. At present about 35% of the cultivable area is under irrigation. The benefit of the Teesta irrigation cannels for the district is perhaps distant possibility due to the topographical reasons. The district is however blessed with large nos. of perennial rivers, khals, beels and water bodies. These resources are being utilized as a source of surface irrigation through a number of RLI and Mini RLI schemes. However, most of these RLI often remain unutilized or underutilization due to yearly flooding, meandering and heavy siltation of these rivers. But the ground water potential of the district is very high. No doubt pump operated shallow tube well is the most viable and popular irrigation scheme among the farmers of this district.

       The Ground Water based Minor Irrigation is being looked into by the one Agri-Irrigation Sub-Division only with headquarters at Cooch Behar. This Sub-Division is attached with the Cooch Behar (Agri-Irrigation) Division at Cooch Behar. The SurfaceWater based Minor Irrigation is being looked into by the one Agri-Mechanical Sub-Division only with headquarters at Cooch Behar & Mathabhanga. This Sub-Division is attached with the Cooch Behar (Agri-Mechanical) Division at Cooch Behar.

       Following Table shows the status of different types of irrigation sources in the district (Agri-Irri) :


Total no. of schemes at a glance Handed Over / To be Handed Over (as on Feb., 2012)
Sl.
no.
Name of
Division
Name
of
Programme
Type of
Structure
No. of
Structure
Sanctioned
Completed &
Handed over
Area brought
under Irrigation
(in ha)
Remarks
1. C
O
O
C
H

B
E
H
A
R

(A-I)
RIDF-I STW (E) 1380 1374 5496 196 nos. handed over with diesel pump set, 6 nos. abandoned
2. RIDF-II STW (D) 308 308 1232 Completed & handed over
3. RIDF-VIII STW (D) 538 538 2152 Completed & handed over
4. MDTW 5 5 100 Completed & handed over
5. BCW STW (D) 34 34 136 Completed & handed over
6. RIDF-X STW (D) 129 129 516 Completed & handed over
7. CORE Sector STW (D) 247 247 988 Completed & handed over
8. RIDF-XI STW (D) 296 296 1184 Completed & handed over
9. RIDF-XII STW (D) 564 0 2184 Completed & handed over
10. MDTW 4 4 80 On-going
11. RIDF-XIII STW (D) 102 102 408 Completed & handed over
12. MDTW 7 0 0 On-going
13. RIDF-XIV STW (D) 399 129 516 On-going
14. MDTW 4 0 0 On-going
Total : 4017 3166 14992  
Additional area will be added after completion of RIDF-XIII & XIV 1300  
Total : 16292  






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