Jal Shakti | Irrigation Projects in Drought-Prone Areas

Over 3.5 lakh Water Conservation Measures taken up in a single month as nationwide Jal Shakti Abhiyan
Over 3.5 lakh Water Conservation Measures taken up in a single month as nationwide Jal Shakti Abhiyan

PIB News  Update:A Special Package for completion of 8 Major/Medium Irrigation (MMI) and 83 Surface Minor Irrigation (SMI) projects benefiting Vidarbha, Marathwada and other chronically drought prone areas of rest of Maharashtra having estimated balance cost of Rs.13651.61 crore (as on 01.04.2018) has been approved during 2018-19.  Central Assistance (CA) component amounts to Rs.3831.41 crore.  The targeted additional potential through these projects is 3.77 LHa. as on 1.04.2018.

CA of Rs.500 crore and Rs.300 crore has been released to the Government of Maharashtra under this package during 2018-19 and 2019-20 (so far) respectively. Potential of 15,435 ha. has been created through the projects during 2018-2019.  Nine SMI projects out of above have been reported to be completed.

The Special Package was approved for completion of above Projects benefitting drought prone areas in Vidarbha and Marathwada and rest of Maharashtra.

Further, during 2016-17, Ninety-Nine (99) on-going Major/Medium irrigation projects (and 7 phases)in the country (including 59 projects benefitting drought prone areas) under PMKSY-AIBP having ultimate irrigation potential of 76.03 lakh hectare and balance cost of Rs.77595 crore [Central Assistance (CA) component of Rs.31342 crore] estimated at that time, have been prioritized in consultation with States for completion in phases along with their Command Area Development & Water Management (CADWM) works. Funding mechanism through NABARD has also been approved by the Government for both Central and State Share.

Funds are also provided to various States under Surface Minor Irrigation (SMI) and Repair, Renovation and Restoration (RRR) of Water Bodies Schemes under PMKSY as per their guidelines.

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