Corruption ridden irrigation projects in Vidarbha

Last Modified: Wed Sep 21 2016 13:58:42 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
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    tenders across 14 irrigation projects in Vidarbha were cancelled by the Maharashtra govt. on 30 Aug 2016 following an inquiry. It has been alleged that Ajit Pawar, who was Water Resources inister between 1999 and 2009, had approved these projects worth Rs 20,000 crore in 2009 by tweaking rules and without clearance of Governing Council of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC).
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    of these tenders have been under the scanner of anti-corruption bureau (ACB), with first information reports (FIRs) filed in four of them. The irregularities were brought to light by whistle blowers in 2012. Financial irregularities & cost escalations in irrigation projects were exposed by Vijay Pandhare, the then chief engineer in the water resources department, Anjali Damaniya and several other groups, including SANDRP.