Pune district has achieved 90 per cent implementation of the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan, with 197 villages of the 200 villages completing the works undertaken under this programme.
Pune District Collector Saurabh Rao said that nearly 40,000 hectares had come under under irrigation and Rs 165 crore had been spent on the programme. Of this, Rs 138 crore has come from the state government and Rs 27 crore from Corporate Social Responsibility.
For the current year, even as 190 villages and at least 7,500 works have been selected, the state government is yet to release funds for the programme in the state yet.
The decision on it was to be taken in the monsoon session in the state but there has been a delay, according to officials concerned. The Maharashtra government had launched the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan in a bid to make Maharashtra a drought-free state by 2019.
The programme aims to make 5,000 villages free of water scarcity. It is aimed at initiating permanent measures to make villages self-sufficient. Under the programme, micro-irrigation systems would be encouraged for proficient use of water, hence increasing the area under irrigation. The government will be initially allocating Rs 1,000 crore for the scheme. Moreover, all the existing water conservation schemes will now be taken up under this scheme.
The state government has launched the scheme to combat increasing number of suicides by farmers in the state.
Maharashtra is a drought-prone area, especially Vidarbha and Marathwada.