₹25k­cr water plan for Marathwada region announced

Union minister Nitin Gadkari has announced a ₹25,000 crore-worth Daman Ganga-Pinjar river connectivity project, which is 90 per cent funded by the Centre. “This scheme will improve the water capacity in Jayakwadi in Marathwada to 100 per cent. Similarly, all the dams in Ahmadnagar and Nashik will be filled 100 per cent,” he said.

Gadkari also announced a World Bank-supported ₹6,000 crore scheme to improve the irrigation facilities and water accessibility capacity in several states, including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.

“Besides, the water that flows into the sea will be diverted to Godavari, which fill up all the dams of Marathwada, so that the water woes end there,” he said.

The minister also said that by 2019, the irrigation potential of Maharashtra will be raised from 22 per cent to 40 per cent.

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