Status of Lower Wardha Irrigation Project in Vidarbha - May 2015

Last Modified: Wed May 31 2017 20:08:26 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 1981
    The Lower Wardha dam was conceived and approved to be built on the river Wardha and located at Dhanodi village (Bahadarpur), Arvi Tehsil in the district of Wardha.
  • 44,150 hectares
    Irrigation potential of the dam - 126 hectares in Arvi, 26,920 hectares in Deoli, 9,476 hectares in Wardha and 6,728 hectares in Hinganghat Taluka.
  • ?
    Number of villages that will benefit from the project.
  • 124.55 hectares
    of forest land required for the project. This land was cleared by the Environmental Ministry, New Delhi, in Mar 2000.
  • 15,000
    people in villages in Amravati and Wardha districts impacted by the project.
  • Rs. 48 crore
    Original estimates project cost (1981).
  • 2007
    The basic dam structure, main and branch canals completed, except minor work remaining in some parts of the main and branch canals.
  • 328 hectares
    of actual farmland irrigated in 2012.
  • Rs. 2,356.57 crore
    escalated project cost approved in 2011.
  • 17 May 2015
    Sinchan Shodh Yatra - a fact finding visit by group of NGOs — Jan Manch, Bapuji Aney Sanstha, Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED) and Bhartiya Kisan Manch. Their findings were:
  • 90%
    of land acquisition completed.
  • 85%
    of rehabilitation in Wardha and Amravati District has also been done.
  • 80%
    of main canal completed.
  • 45%
    of the rest of the distribution system completed.
  • ?
    of actual farmland irrigated.