The financial burden under micro-irrigation is shared by the Centre and state in a ratio of 60:40 — for 2019-20, the proposed expenditure for micro-irrigation in Maharashtra is Rs 653.33 crore, of which the Centre’s share is Rs 400 crore and state’s Rs 253.33 crore.
The committee, comprising water management experts as well as officials from the state water resources department and the India Meteorological Department, has been tasked to conduct a detailed study and submit a report.
At each of his rallies in the first phase of the yatra, Fadnavis tried to woo people, mostly farmers, by reiterating that his government has invested Rs 50,000 crore in agriculture sector in the past five years.
Earlier, the state government had taken up a similar tunnel project to tackle drought in eight districts of Marathwada. As many as 167 TMC (thousand million cubic feet) water flowing from Godavari was channelised to cater to the eight districts.
Speaking at Buti Bori in Vidarbha’s Nagpur district, as part of his statewide Mahajanadesh Yatra ahead of the Assembly polls, the CM said: “The Opposition should admit that they lost people’s mandate in the Lok Sabha polls.
In 2014, in the run-up to the Assembly polls, Devendra Fadnavis had coined the term ‘Magnetic Maharashtra’ to connect to the masses on how he intended to develop the state. This time, the theme will be ‘New Maharashtra’.
Five years ago the Chief Minister projected Magnetic Maharashtra to restore the confidence of the people in the government. The 2019 assembly polls is to present plans for New Maharashtra on the lines of New India.
At the state BJP executive meeting held at Goregaon in Mumbai, Fadnavis unveiled the poll roadmap stressing on micro-planning and exhorting the cadre to focus efforts across all 288 Assembly seats in Maharashtra.