New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee has approved 91 irrigation projects ( 83 minor projects and 8 mojor/medium projects) worth Rs. 13,651.61 crore for Vidarbha, Marathwada and other chronically drought prone areas of Rest of Maharashtra.
“The completion of these projects will help in creation of additional 3.77 lakh hectare of irrigation potential and assured source of water to the farmers in the command area of these projects. This will increase yield of their crops and thereby increase the income of the farmers,” an official release said.
The special package shall help Marathawada, Vidharbha and drought prone areas of rest of Maharashtra, which has experienced hydrological and agricultural drought during the years 2012 to 2016 and highest number of suicides by farmers been reported there.
The situation has been worst in Vidharbha and Marathawada region. Also Drought Prone Areas (DPA) in rest of Maharashtra have experienced distress in the recent years.
The projects included under special package are over and above the 26 major/ medium projects of Maharashtra having ultimate potential of 8.501 hectare, being funded under PMKSY-AIBP, which are planned to be completed by December,2019.
Progress of the projects would be monitored by State as well as Central Water Commission.
The overall balance cost of the projects as on 01.04.2018 is estimated to be Rs. 13,651.61 crore.
On completion, the projects will transform the agriculture scenario of the region resulting in generation of substantially more employment opportunities through increase in cropping intensity, change in cropping pattern, agro processing and other ancillary activities.
Moreover, implementation of scheme will generate employment of approximately 341 lakh man-days for unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers.