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Rs 1,199-cr for Ghosikhurd project-affected gets nod

The Maharashtra Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a Rs 1,199-crore relief and rehab package for over 28,600 people affected by the Rs 13,000-crore Ghosikhurd Project in Bhandara district initiated almost three decades ago but that has not yet been completed owing to rehabilitation and corruption issues.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: April 14, 2014 12:49:46 pm

The Maharashtra Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a Rs 1,199-crore relief and rehab package for over 28,600 people affected by the Rs 13,000-crore Ghosikhurd Project in Bhandara district initiated almost three decades ago but that has not yet been completed owing to rehabilitation and corruption issues.

The national irrigation project aims at irrigating 2.5 lakh hectare of land in Vidarbha region and promises to bring rich dividends to the cotton belts of Nagpur,Bhandara and Chandrapur.

The biggest dam project in the state has been mired in controversies languishing and reasons attributed to it were administrative failure in rehabilitating project affected people,besides rampant corruption in construction. The delay pushed up the project cost from the original Rs 372 crore,to Rs 13,000 crore.

On May 15,CM Prithviraj Chavan had visited the site and announced the rehabilitation package which the cabinet cleared Wednesday — Rs 2 lakh per hectare to 25,246 farmers and 3,363 landless farm labourers.

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