State to coalesce small irrigation schemes, make 5,000 villages drought-free every year

The government has also decided to work out a dedicated irrigation plan for each district.

| Mumbai | Published: December 6, 2014 2:57:41 am

THE state government has decided to converge all its irrigation schemes for their better implementation. The decision aims to ensure better results and improve the effectiveness of irrigation projects. Through this, the state plans to make 5,000 villages drought-free every year.

Various agencies of the state government operate multiple schemes to boost the irrigation potential of an area. The state government has claimed that due to this disjointed effort it is not able to obtain optimum results.

“We have decided that all small irrigation schemes will be converged. They will be run in an integrated way and the district collectors have been told to ensure optimum results,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Friday.

The government has also decided to work out a dedicated irrigation plan for each district, keeping in view the requirement of the area. The entire work will be monitored by a new body to be set up. It will be called the Chief Minister’s Transformation Office.

Controversy has surrounded many irrigation projects in Maharashtra with several projects being mired in charges of corruption. There have been allegations that the irrigation potential of the state has increased by just  0.1 per cent in the last decade despite crores of rupees having been spent on these projects.

To ensure greater transparency in irrigation works, said the CM, the state would henceforth upload pre-work and post-work pictures of all projects on a website.

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