Centre will provide 60,000 crore to Maharashtra for irrigation projects: Gadkari

Vastavam web: Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari today said the Centre will provide up to Rs 60,000 crore to Maharashtra in the next two years for river-linking and irrigation projects to tackle the recurring water crisis.The dispute between Maharashtra and Gujarat over sharing of water in Nar-Par-Tapi-Narmada Basin will also be resolved soon and a memorandum of understanding will be signed between the two states next week, he said.Talking to reporters after a review meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and state officials, Gadkari said the work on two major river-linking projects in the state Par-Tapi-Narmada and Damanganga-Pinjal will begin soon.
Fadnavis has proposed four more river-linking projects worth Rs 10,000 crore to which his ministry had given in- principle approval, Gadkari said.These projects are: Damanganga-Godavari, Damanganga- Vaitarna-Godavari, Par-Godavari and Nar-Par-Girna rivers.”Apart from the river-linking projects, the Centre has, under the PM’s irrigation project (PMKSY), approved 26 irrigation projects in the state. Our contribution for these projects is around Rs 25,000 crore.Fadnavis said the two river-linking projects will make available nearly 50,000 million cubic feet (TMC) water for the state.”After the agreement (with Gujarat), the state will get its share of water, but apart from that we will get additional 50 TMC from these two river projects,” he said.