Chief Engineer-II (Eastern Ganga)

Brief description of the activities under the
East Ganga Canal organization

Irrigation Works Division, Moradabad

1. Afzalgarh Irrigation Division, Dhampur

Pili Canal System

Irrigation facility is provided to Ditrict Bijnore by the Pili Canal System. The canals of this canal system are fed by the Pili reservoir and through the Ramganga Pheeka Doab Feeder System from the Kalagarh Dam. The total length of this canal system is 228.246 km. The area of cultivable land under this system is 31834 hectares, of which irrigation capacity for 10552 hectares of Rabi crop and 7101 hectares of Kharif crop is created. The authorized release at the head of the Ramganga Pheeka Doab Feeder is 250 cusecs, and the authorized release capacity of the Jatpura canal fed directly by the Pili reservoir is 64 cusecs.

Tumaria Canal System

Irrigation facility is provided in Moradabad district by the Tumaria Canal System. The Tumaria canals are fed by the Tumaria reservoir under the Uttarakhand Irrigation Department. The total length of these canals is 356.765 km. the total area of cultivable land under these canals is 48,563 hectares, under which irrigation capacity is created for 14,489 hectares of Kharif crop and 11,603 hectares of Rabi crop. The authorized release capacity at the head of the Tumaria canal is 725 cusecs.

Bijnore Canal System

Irrigation facility is provided to Bijnore district by Bijnore canals. Under this canal system, the Nagina canal is fed directly by the river through the wier/regulator on Kho, Sukhro river. The authorized release capacity at the head of the Nagina canal is 95 cusecs and the total length of canals is 58.66 km. The other smaller canal system under the Bijnore canals is the Nahtaur canals, which are fed directly by the river through the wier/regulator constructed on the Gangan river. The total length of the nahtaur canal system is 26.444 km.

After including both the above-mentioned smaller canals the total cultivable area of the Bijnore canals is 10,330 hectares, under which irrigation capacity of 2582 hectare for Rabi crop and 3616 hectares of Kharif crop is included.

Rampur Canal System

The total geographical area of the district is 2,35,360 hectares and area of the total cultivable land is 1,11,190 hectares. PPA for Kharif is 37972 hectares and for Rabi it is 29768 hectares. The canal system of Rampur district dates back to the princely era and is more than 100 years old. All the canal systems have been created by constructing small regulators, wier, barrage and earthen dams on the rivers. There are 18 canal systems in the district which are mainly fed by Kosi, Pilakhar, Bhakda, Saijani, Dhimri, Bahalla, Nahal Kichhia, Dakra, Kaliyani, Kalaiya etc rivers. The availability of water incanals is dependent on the availability of water in the rivers. The level of water in rivers is low in case of poor rainfall, and therefore there is lesser water for canals. The canal systems in the district are as under:

S. No

Name of head

Name of canal system

Name of reservoir


Bahalla regulator

Bahalla canal system

Tumaria reservoir, Kashipur


Lalpur wier

Kosi canal system

Tumaria reservoir, Kashipur


Ghoogha temporary dam

Ghoogha canal system

Fed directly by rivers


Dakra regulator

Dakra canal system

Baur reservoir


Mirapur dam

Kicchia canal system

Baur reservoir


Nasratnagar regulator

Upper Saijani canal system

Haripura reservoir


Dhimri regulator

Dhimri canal system

Haripura reservoir


Bhidaiya regulator

Bhidaiya canal system

Fed directly by rivers


Bhakda wier

Bhakda canal system

Haripura reservoir


Janskat regulator

Janskat canal system

Fed directly by rivers


Kalaiya regulator

Kalaiya canal system

Fed directly by rivers


Wagaiya regulator

Wagaiya canal system

Fed directly by rivers


Kaimri barrage

Pilakhar canal system

Baur reservoir

In addition, the Nahal canal system (Pipli dam) is fed by the Baur reservoir, and the Lower canal system is fed by Haripura, and the head regulators of these are damaged. The head regulators of Barai, Gagan and Pushwara fed directly by rivers are also damaged.

In all, 72 canals are fed by different reservoirs and 21 canals direcrtly by rivers. The following canals are fed by reservoirs and rivers under the Uttarakhand state:

1. Baur reservoir: The Baur reservoir is situated in the district Udham Singh nagar of Uttarakhand state under the Irrigation Division, Rudrapur. Water comes through the Junar sluice on this reservoir into the Juna feeder. The Junar regulator-cum-fall was constructed on this feeder canal 200 metres downstream from the Junar sluice, from which water was sent to Baur river. The Baur river travels for 40 km and then joins the Pilakhar river, from this river, ten canals of the Right Pilakhar system and Left Pilakhar system are fed through the Kaimri barrage constructed on Pilakhar river in Rampur district. The level of Baur reservoir spillway crust is 777.50 feet, and the level of Junar sluice is 745.00 feet. In case of water being available in the Baur reservoir, the water above the level of 777.50 feet is sent to the Baur river through the spillway. In case water from Baur river to Pilakhar river, the canals of Pilakhar system are fed. But in case the water level in reservoir is less than 777.50 feet then the water is not available to canals of Rampur district. In addition, three canals of Kichhia canal system and Dakra canal of the Dakra canal system are fed by the Kakrala sluice of the Baur reservoir.

2. Haripura reservoir: The Haripura reservoir is situated in the district Udham Singh nagar of Uttarakhand state under the Irrigation Division, Rudrapur. The water level in Haripura reservoir is low, and 19 canals are fed by it.

3. Tumaria reservoir: Six canals of the Bahalla system and 27 canals of the Kosi system are fed by the Tumaria reservoir.

4. Fed directly by rivers: Four canals of Janskat system, seven canals of Kalaiya system, Wagaiya canal of the Wagaiya system and four canals of the Ghoogha system are fed directly by rivers.

Project for construction of Rampur barrage on the Kosi river under the expansion, remodeling and modernization (ERM) of the Kosi Canal System in Rampur district.

The announcement of the construction of Rampur barrage on the Kosi river in Rampur district was made during the visit of the Honourable Chief Minister on 19 October 2013 on his arrival in Rampur for laptop distribution. In this connection, the project was prepared through the consultant and it was presented at the meeting of the Chief Engineers’ Committee at the Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department headquarters. It was approved and recommended by the Committee and sent to the Government. After being examined at the Government level, this project was recommended for Rs 21635.90 lakh at the meeting of budget committee under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary (Finance), Government of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, on 12.11.2014. Vide the Government Order 2595/14-27-Si-4-36 (W) Pari/14, dated 20.11.2014, and after administrative approval, an amount of Rs 1400.00 lakh has been allocated from the Government level in 2014-15, and Rs 3000.00 lakh in 2015-16. On 25.03.2015, after contract formation, an amount of Rs 4400.00 lakh has already been spent for making necessary arrangement for barrage construction and for arranging the required machinery, giving advance to the concerned company, purchase of land, steel sheet piles etc. After contract formation by the then Superintending Engineer, Irrigation Works Division, Moradabad, at the division office on 25.03.2015, the company concerned had completed arrangement for necessary machinery and other mobilization for work up to May, 2015. From June 2015 to October 2015, the progress at the site has been hampered because of flooded conditions in Kosi reiver because of rains. The matter has been sent to NABARD for getting approval from NABARD. Work is in progress for collecting necessary material, establishment of machinery and tools at the work site and the batching plant has been established. Construction work is in progress at the site. Digging of the foundation, construction of diversion embankment and dewatering work etc is under way at the barrage site. As per the contract, the date of work completion if 24.03.2018. work is in progress.

Irrigation Division, Moradabad

Ramganga Canal System:
There are two canals under this system, which provide irrigation facility to districts of Moradabad, Bijnore and J.P. nagar.
Ramganga Feeder Canal:
The Ramganga Feeder Canal originates from the head regulator constructed at the right bank of the Ramganga Harewali barrage and its authorized discharge is 5350 cusecs. This canal meets into the Kho river after traversing a length of 10.40 km. After moving with the river for 2.00 km, the Ramganga Feeder Canal Off-take chainage 12.40 km moves out at the right bank of the Kho barrage near the Sherkot locality. After 81.71 km this feeder canal meets the Baah Nala under the Dhanaura block, and after moving with it for 20 km it meets into the Ganga river near Tigri.
Sub-Feeder Canal and Ramganga Canal System:
The Ramganga Feeder Canal and Sub-Feeder Canal of capacity 250 cusecs exit from the Kho barrage. At the end of 21.60 km of the length of Sub-Feeder Canal, with a length of 46.26 km having head discharge 231 cusecs, and from km 2.81 of the Ramganga Canal, comes out the 30.70 length of Mahmudpur Rajbaha having head discharge of 90 cusecs. Earlier, the Ramganga Canal System was run through the pump canal system built in the year 1930. Later in year 1972, it is fed through the Sub-Feeder system after the construction of the Kho barrage. At chainage 20.92 km of the Ramganga Main Canal, the Umri rajbaha of length 19.12 km comes out, having head discharge 52 cusecs. This canal system comprises 29 minors with a length of 101.22 km. From this canal system, cultivable land measuring 9316 hectares of Bijnore, 12666 hectares of Moradabad, and 9907 hectares of Amroha is benefited. This includes 12118 hectares of Rabi crop and 102014 hectares of Kharif crop.
There are 32 canals in these canal systems, with a running length of 218.90 km. This does not include the main canal.
Flood work
Under the Irrigation Work Division, Moradabad, flood works of districts Moradabad, Rampur, Bijnore and Amroha.
Under the Irrigation Work Division, Moradabad, maintenance of drains of Moradabad, Rampur, Bijnore and Amroha is done.

East ganga Canal Construction Division, Bijnore/Hardwar

East Ganga Canal Project

The original project of the East Ganga Canal Project was made in the year 1977 at a cost of Rs 48.46 crore, under which 48.55 km length of main canal, five branches of length 155.17 km, and distribution system of 1367.52 km were constructed. The administrative and financial approval of this project was provided by Uttar Government letter 5785/SaBa/77/23-4, dated 08.11.1977, and No 2840/SaBa/78/23/Si-4/100-W/74, dated 29.06.1978. The project was approved by the Government of India (Planning Commission) letter no 3/180/79/1, dated 1980. In the year of sixth amendment of the project in 2009, an amount of Rs 892.44 crore was sanctioned by the letter of Government of India (Planning Commission) No 2 (180)/2009-WR on 22.01.2010. the project has been completed and its completion report has been sent by the Chief Engineer (East Ganga) in September 2009 to the Government. In view of some remaining parts of the project, and the demands by some local farmers, a project for the remaining works was constituted, and its works are under way.

The financing of this project was done by the AIBP. An amount of Rs 795.51 crore has been spent of project-related works, and an irrigated area of 104.76 thousand hectares, against the projected 105 thousand hectares, has been created. In the years since the year 1992, irrigation facility is being provided by this project to farmers and revenue is being earned by the Government.

Flood Works Division, Bareilly

Badayun irrigation Project:

This project has been proposed with a view to providing irrigation facility to unirrigated areas of land between Ganga and Ramganga rivers in Bareilly and Budayun. It is proposed to provide irrigation facility to Aonla tehsil of Bareilly, Dataganj tehsil of Badayun district, by constructing 617-km barrage on Ramganga river in Bareilly district. Under the project, construction of 15.60 km of main canal, 73.60 km of branch canals, and about 380.00 km of Rajbaha and Minor canals is proposed. Under the project, irrigated area of 37.453 hectares is proposed in 6706 hectares in Sadar and Aonla tehsils of Bareilly district, and 30747 hectares in Dataganj tehsil of Badayun district. The maximum discharge at the head of the main canal is proposed at 67 cusecs. The original cost of the project in the year 2011 was Rs 630.04 crores and the benefit:cost ratio of 1.36:1 is proposed. The project has been approved in the meeting of the budget committee dated 27.04.2012.

The project has been approved by NABARD vide letter NBUPR/224 RIDF-XVIII (Uttar Pradesh)/128 PSC/2012-13 dated 28.08.2012 for Rs 53728.34 lakh. Of the proposed works of the project, 23.800 km long aflaks baandh out of 26.00 km of aflaks baandh have been completed. At present, the construction of the barrage, main canal, Barkheda branch and the bridges and culverts on these are being constructed.

Flood works

Under the Flood Works Division, Bareilly, flood-related works of district Badayun, Bareilly and partly of Sambhal district.

Under the Flood Works Division, Bareilly, maintenance of drains of Badayun district is done.

Ramganga Dam Division Kalagarh

The Ramganga Dam and Saddle Dam are under the Ramganga Dam Division, Kalagarh. It is situated in the Corbett Tiger Reserve Forest area in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand state.

The Ramganga Dam and Saddle Dam construction work was completed in 1974. The The Ramganga Dam project is a multi-purpose project, and its purpose is to provide irrigation, flood protection in flood-prone areas and production of electricity. The origin of the Ramganga river is in Himalayan region of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. During the rains, the flow of up to 10,000 cubic metres pere second in this river created severe flood situation in the riverine area. Not only nearly 2400 million cubic metres of flood water during the rainy season used to go waste, but damage was caused in a widespread area in Bijnore, J.P. Nagar, Moradabad, Rampur, Bareilly, Shahjahanpur, Badayun and Farrukhabad. For making good use of this wealth of water, it was proposed to construct the Ramganga Dam, Saddle Dam and a power station of 198 megawatt capacity. Work on this project started in 1962 and completed in 1974.

Under this project, the 127.50 metre high soil and stone dam is constructed which is the biggest in Asia. In addition, the 71.35 metre high Saddle Dam is built in lower mountain ranges. The water from the reservoir of this dam goes through the power station built below it, goes along 26 km in Ramganga river and reaches Harewali barrage. From here, it meets the Kho river through a feeder channel with a capacity of 15.15 cubic metres per second. From Kho river the water accumulates in Sherkot barrage from where 82 km long main feeder with 15.15 cubic metres per second capacity has been constructed. This meets the Ganga river through the Baah nala about 10 km above Garh Mukteshwar. A sub-feeder of 7.36 cubic metres per second capacity has been constructed from Kho barrage which provides irrigation facility to 31889 hectares through 32 Rajbaha and Minors in districts of Bijnore, J.P. Nagar and Moradabad. Irrigation facility has been provided by this water to 6.0 lakh hectares of land in 14 districts which has led to an increase of 3.0 lakh tones of foodgrain production. On an average 45 crore units of electricity are produced from the Ramganga power house every year.

The Ramganga Dam is situated 3 km in the upstream of Kalagarh village in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand state. The distance of Kalagarh from Moradabad is 110 km in the northeast. The dam is located at 290 31’13” latitude north and 780 45’35” longitude east.

(M.P.S. Verma)
Chief Engineer (East Ganga)