26 pending irrigation projects to be completed in Maharashtra

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Sep 2017 10:21:57


Our Correspondent,

MUMBAI,

Sept 8,

UNION Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, who assumed the additional charge of the Water Resources department during the recent Cabinet reshuffle, assured to complete 26 pending irrigation projects in Maharashtra. Gadkari also announced that Rs 55,000 crore will be released by the Centre for two river interlinking projects -Damanganga-Pinjal and Nar-Tapi-Narmada.

Gadkari reviewed pending irrigation projects in Mumbai on Friday. All the collectors in the State participated in the meeting via videoconferencing. After the meeting held at ‘Varsha’ the official residence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Gadkari and the Chief Minister jointly addressed a press conference, giving details of various schemes.

Twenty-six irrigation projects in Maharashtra would be included in the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) and the irrigation potential of the State will be increased by 40 per cent, Gadkari said.

Five river interlinking projects are being undertaken in the country, out of which two will be implemented in Maharashtra and Gujarat. There were some hiccups in Nar-Tapi-Narmada project between Maharashtra and Gujarat Governments. However, an agreement has been reached between the two now. Accordingly, both the States would allocate Rs 1,000 crore each for the project. Rest Rs 18,000 crore would be given by the Centre, he added.

The Centre will also give funds for Damanganga-Pinjal project. The total amount given by the Centre would be Rs 55,000 crore.The projects would help in solving water scarcity in Marathwada, Western Maharashtra and Vidarbha. Progress and issues of Nagpur Ringroad, six laning of Pune-Satara section of NH4, four laning of Khed-Sinnar and other projects were also discussed in the meeting.

The Centre will undertake works like deepening of nullahs, construction of check-dams etc. Instead of digging canals, water will be supplied to the farmers through pipes, Gadkari said.The 26 incomplete projects would be completed by pumping Rs 1,000 crore, besides raising required loan from the Centre. The process for this will be completed in 15-20 days. The projects included will be from Western Maharashtra, Vidarbha and Konkan, Fadnavis said