Centre’s nod to 107 pending irrigation projects in Mah
State to get Rs 10,000 crore in two years
THE Central Government has given its nod to complete 107 irrigation project in Maharashtra, Chief Minster Devendra Fadnavis said in Delhi on Tuesday.
The projects mainly include in farmers’ suicide prone districts in Vidarbha and Marathwada and drought-prone districts in rest of the Maharashtra.
With this nod, Maharashtra will get Rs 10,000 crore in coming two years, Fadnavis added. A proposal to complete unfinished 107 irrigation projects was submitted to the Centre by the State Government. To give a final shape to the proposal, Fadnavis along with Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. After detailed discussion, Jaitley gave in principle permission to the projects, Fadnavis said. Fadnavis also discussed the issue with Niti Ayog officials in the PMO. Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Nrependra Mishra was also present. An agreement in this regard will be signed soon. Once the projects get completed, it will help in enhancing irrigation potential of the State manifold.
Fadnavis said that 83 out of total 107
pending projects are smaller in scale and can be complete by December 2018.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Fadnavis had a meeting with Coal and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal at Transport Bhavan in the evening. Addressing a joint press conference later, Gadkari and Fadnavis informed about several decisions taken related to various rail, road and port projects in the State.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis presents bouquet to Union Minister Arun Jaitley, in New Delhi, on Tuesday.