‘About 108 projects in Vid, Marathwada targeted tobe completed in a year’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Sep 2018 10:46:48


Staff Reporter,

Reiterating his commitment to deepen the irrigation potential in State from 18 to 50 per cent, Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari said about 108 projects in Vidarbha and Marathwada are targeted for completion within a period of one year.

Funds to tune of Rs 8,000 crore have been sanctioned through NABARD and Central Government to speed up the balance work on these projects. We recently reviewed the progress of Baliraja Sanjeevani Yojana and most of tenders have been awarded, he further stated.

Elaborating further on works to strengthen irrigation network, Gadkari said that 21 more works to deepen the nullah and water channels have been undertaken in Wardha district through Purti Group. This is similar to one work done in Tamaswada where a check dam of 9-km long was constructed and it has worked wonders for farmers in the nearby area.

Gadkari was speaking at launching of water conservation programme through NABARD in Nagpur District. It was held at Datta Meghe auditorium of YCCE Campus auditorium in Wanadongri. He also showed green signal to a van that would carry out awareness programme about judicious use of water. Y D Shirsalkar, Chief General Manager, Maharashtra Regional Office, Nisha Sawarkar, President, Zilla Parishad, were also present.

He also informed the gathering that National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has been instructed to built barrages wherever fly-over is necessitated. In Maharashtra, about 170 sum bridge-cum-barrages are planned and in Latur district three barrages will be constructed.NHAI has also been instructed to use the soil and murrum excavated after deepening the ponds and nullahs. The result is revival of Kamalganga River which had almost got eclipsed due to silt. Now due to deepening and removal of silt the river has been broadened and flowing in 20-km area. Gadkari also stressed on need to revert to organic farming and drip irrigation to increased soil’s nitrogen content and increase crop output.

Earlier, U D Shirsalkar informed that NABARD has distributed Rs 7,700 crore for completion of 24 irrigation projects in the State. Maharashtra Government has resolved to bring sugarcane cultivation under drip irrigation and through Judicious Water Use campaign we going to tour entire rural landscape and impress about farmers the importance of water.

In the introductory address, Maithili Kowe, Manager (Development), NABARD, Nagpur District, said the agency has identified 5,000 villages in 10 districts for awareness campaign This including three villages chosen by NITI Aayog for Aspiration Programme wherein sugarcane and cotton is primarily cultivated. As part of campaign NABARD will impress upon farmers the need to store rain water, groundwater reaching and water management.

Nisha Sawarkar urged the NABARD officials to take help of public representatives at village level for better co-ordination. On the occasion, women Jyoti women’s self-help group, Butibori, Shraddha Women SHG, Dawlameti, Panchaseel SHG, Mondha, Vidarbha SHG, Wadi, were awarded at hands of Gadkari. Usha Mani, Dy. General Manager, NABARD, and other officers were also present on the occasion.