The state government has set a definite target to bring 2.18 lakh hectares of land under irrigation in the next three years in 14 suicide-prone districts of Marathwada and Vidarbha. The Centre has extended support to the state action plan to undertake 132 irrigation projects worth Rs 7,187 crore.
The total cost of 34 projects in Marathwada is Rs 3,089 crore that will bring 78,090 hectares of land under irrigation. Latur, which is reeling under the worst water crisis, will have 10 irrigation projects worth Rs 248 crore, promising to bring 11,011 hectares of land under irrigation.
At the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Saturday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis highlighted the requirements of these chronic 14 suicide-prone districts. In Vidarbha, the total number of projects spread across six districts are 98 with a cumulative cost of Rs 4,098 crore.
Wasim district has 29 projects costing Rs 284 crore. On completion, these will increase the irrigation potential by 21,927 hectares.
Amravati with 26 projects will need Rs 1,377 crore that will bring 39,152 hectares of land under irrigation. Yavatmal, from where the maximum number of farmer suicides are reported, will have 16 projects at Rs 687 crore.