Maharashtra prioritizes irrigation projects in drought prone Vidarbha and Marathwada

Last Modified: Thu Nov 30 2017 00:16:26 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 355
    Total number of talukas in the state of Maharashtra.
  • 173
    Number of talukas in the state that are drought prone, most of which are in the Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.
  • 107
    Number of irrigation projects that the state aims to accelerate in order to help in tackling water and agriculture crisis in the two regions. 81 of these projects are in Vidarbha and 26 in Marathwada.
  • 2.52 lakh hectare
    Additional land that can be irrigated once the projects are complete. 1.06 lakh hectare in Vidarbha and 1.46 lakh hectare in Marathwada.
  • 1077.53 m3
    Additional water storage capacity that will be created. 444.68 m3 in Vidarbha and 632.85 m3 in Marathwada.
  • Rs. 12,531.95 crore
    Estimated cost of construction for all the projects. Rs. 5,364 crore for Vidarbha and Rs. 7,168 crore for Marathwada.
  • Rs. 10,000 crore
    Assistance sought by the Maharashtra government from the central government.
  • 17 Nov 2017
    Centre gives in-principle approval for the Rs. 10,686 crore assistance sought by the state government. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and state Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi to finalise the intricacies.
  • Rs. 10,686 crore
    Assistance that will be provided to the state. The Centre will provide 25 per cent financial assistance for the projects, while 75 per cent funds would be provided through loans from NABARD.
  • 86
    number of irrigation projects that would be completed by 2018-end. The remaining would be completed by 2019-2020.