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P893M irrigation project in Nueva Ecija almost half-done, ahead of sked

Apr 27, 2021 @ 13:28
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Construction of the P893-million Balbalungao Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) in Lupao town in Nueva Ecija is already half done, well ahead of schedule, according to the National Irrigation Administration.

The project seen to increase rice productivity in northern Lupao registered an accomplishment rate of 46.69 percent at the end of the first quarter, 35.89 percent ahead of the targeted 10.80 percent, the agency said in a statement.

Engineer Rosalinda Bote, department manager of the NIA-Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-UPRIIS), said the construction of the SRIP was now entering the critical curve stage.

She said the works would include installation of steel forms and concrete pouring at the spillway structure, water pressure test (WPT), drilling and grouting at the dam core trench.

Also set are the laying of gravel blanket and boulder riprap at the permanent cofferdam, excavation works at diversion conduit, fabrication and installation of conduit pipes and construction of rock toe.

The project is an earthfill dam that aims to boost rice competitiveness among Nueva Ecija farmers and is designed to provide irrigation to some 967.19 hectares of farmland in the villages of Balbalungao, San Isidro, Salvacion, Sto. Niño and Mapampang.

It is expected to be completed in November 2023.

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