Mumbai, September 10: Seems that soon the water crisis will be sorted out as Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that the government will provide Rs.60000 Crores to Maharashtra in next two years for river linking and irrigation projects to tackle the recurring water crisis.
The four projects include the interlinking of Damanganga-Godavari, Damanganga-Vaitarna-Godavari, Par-Godavari and Nar-Par-Girna rivers. These river linking projects will help tackle the water scarcity in Marathwada and Northern Maharashtra. Minister Gadkari said that the total irrigated land in the state is 22% and he and the CM would ensure that it crosses 40%.
Addressing the media along with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Minister Nitin Gadkari said that Centre has approved the five river projects to tackle drought in Maharashtra and boost irrigation. Minister Gadkari said that “I am happy to note that the Maharashtra government has taken the decision of the river linking projects which was envisaged long ago during Atal Bihari Vajpyee’s tenure. The Centre will provide all financial and logistic support. Three river linking projects worth Rs.20000 Crores are of Maharashtra.”
Minister Gadkari further said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has proposed four more river interlinking projects in the state worth Rs 10,000 Crore to which his ministry had given in-princple approval. Also 26 irrigation projects have been approved under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s irrigation project PMKSY.