52 Irrigation Plans pending set to be executed by 2023

Government of Maharashtra is set to complete 52 long-pending irrigation projects by the year 2023. Chief Minister Uddhav Thakrey announced their resolution of finishing the work of any backlogs in the irrigation sector; in the State Assembly on the concluding day of the week-long Winter Session.

Of the total projects listed, 29 projects (worth Rs 7,771 crore) are from north Maharashtra, 16 (Rs 3,847 crore) from Vidarbha and seven (Rs 3,380 crore) from Marathwada. The completion of these projects will irrigate 2.9-lakh hectare farmland in the drought-prone north Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha regions. It will also be influential in augmenting the availability of water in these parched belts by another 891 million cubic metre.

In Amravati revenue division, about 100 irrigation projects were undertaken of which 46 projects are incomplete, and are now expected to be completed by 2022. The Gosikhurd irrigation project, the biggest project in Vidarbha region located in Bhandara district, will be completed by 2022 for which the State government will allocate the necessary funds. This project is expected to irrigate over 2.5 lakh hectares in Bhandara, Nagpur and Chandrapur districts.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thakrey also announced Rs 253-crore special package for the Yavatmal district, notorious for high number of farmer suicides, which will see irrigation of 78,409 hectares.

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