` 97,000cr required to complete 515 irrigation projects: CAG report
As Maharashtra battles one of its worst droughts in recent history, the Comptroller and Auditor General’s ( CAG) report on the state’s finances for March 2015 throws light on how poorly managed irrigation projects across the state may be adding to the mess, while painting a sorry picture of public finances.
The amount the government needs to complete its ongoing irrigation projects — 515 of them in all — now stands at Rs97,101 crore. Of these, 85 have been pending for more than three decades, and 247 for more than 15 years, the report said.
The cost overruns taxpayers have to fork out for such delays and corruption in nearly 401 irrigation projects works out to Rs44,061 crore.
Technically, even if half of these projects were planned and executed well, the impact of the current drought could have been halved. Even with highest number of irrigation projects in the country, the state has created irrigation far below the national average, at just 18%.
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