The Department of Water Resources is doing restoration of the Ogna Dam, situated within the Jhadol block of the district. This dam, originally built using earth materials, dates back to the year 1988. To facilitate its much-needed repairs, a budget of Rs 6.11 crore has been allocated under the Rajasthan Water Sector Livelihoods Project. The tendering process has already been initiated, and upon its completion, the work will commence promptly following the issuance of a work order.
The necessity for repairing the dam had been apparent for quite some time. The periodic clogging of waste in the canal's culvert, had been causing disruptions in the water supply. Now, plans are in place to elevate the canal on pillars and carry out a comprehensive reconstruction to ensure a consistent water supply to the villages.
The repair project is anticipated to span approximately 8 months, with completion expected by the following June. This initiative is set to bring substantial benefits to the farmers from the 20 villages that rely on the dam for irrigation during the upcoming Rabi season.
The dam has a capacity of 275 Mcft (million cubic feet), which allows for the irrigation of 1253 hectares of land spanning 20 villages. Within these villages, the dam stores 248 Mcft of water for irrigation purposes, with the remaining capacity kept in reserve.