Status of Turagondi Irrigation Project in Vidarbha

Last Modified: Sat May 06 2017 15:10:22 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 640 hectares
    Irrigation potential of the Turagondi minor earth dam located at Hingna in Nagpur district of Maharashtra.
  • ?
    Number of villages that will benefit from the project.
  • 15 hectares
    land required for the project, the land identified was forest land and therefore needs clearance from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC).
  • Rs. 4.73 crore
    Original estimates project cost (1999).
  • Dec 1999
    Project sanctioned.
  • 2006-07
    Rs. 2.93 crore released, however, work could not be started due to cost inflation in the intervening 6+ years.
  • 26 Dec 2006
    Clearance obtained from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) for 15 hectares of forest land.
  • 08 May 2007
    Work stayed by Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court upholding filed by some land owners, including a lawyer Rahul Puranik. The stay was lifted on May 21, 2008 after which work resumed.
  • Oct 2008
    Puranik and other land owners staged protests and stalled the work, demanding adequate compensation. The contractor stopped the work and removed all machinery from the spot on November 11, 2008.
  • 2010
    Work resumes after compensation issues are settled. However, a new problem regarding shifting of low and high voltage lines passing from the area cropped up.
  • Mar 2011
    Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC), the body responsible for the construction of the dam, had to secure an approval for a fresh cost estimate of Rs. 16.78 crore.
  • 30 Apr 2015
    Jan Manch's Sinchan Shodh Yatra surveys the site and finds the project to be around 30% complete.
  • Apr 2017
    Jan Manch's Sinchan Shodh Yatra second survey finds 65% of the project completed.
  • Rs. 12 crore
    Amount spent on the project so far.
  • 0 hectares
    of land irrigated since the project was sanctioned in 1999, nearly 18 years ago.
  • Rs. 40 crore
    Second revised estimated project cost, which is yet to receive approval from the government.