26 July 2020, New Delhi: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar held a meeting with the representatives of World Bank to bring the large Bihad area of Gwalior – Chambal region under agriculture. During this meeting it was decided that the substantive project would be prepared in collaboration and support from World Bank to accomplish this work.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister informed that more than 3 lakh hectares of rugged land is not cultivable. If this area is improved, then this will help in the integrated development of the Bihad area in Gwalior – Chambal region.
He further mentioned that the proposed reforms in this project will not only help to improve agricultural development. Moreover, it will also create employment opportunities for the people and lead to substantive development of this region.
Mr. Tomar said that there is a lot of scope for development of the Bihad area in Gwalior – Chambal region. The Chambal Expressway will be built and will pass through this area, by which the overall development of the region would be possible. After preparing the initial report, subsequent meetings will be held with the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh for further course of action.
The representative of World Bank, Mr. Adarsh Kumar said that the World Bank is interested in working in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Mr. Vivek Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare said that all the aspects related to technology, infrastructure, capital cost, investment etc. will be taken into consideration prior to initiating the work of the proposed project with minimum budget allocation.