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CCEA okays Rs 13651 cr for Maharashtra irrigation projects

New Delhi : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the implementation of Centrally-sponsored scheme for completion of 83 minor irrigation projects and eight major and medium irrigation projects in Marathawada, Vidharbha and drought-prone areas of Maharashtra.

The Centrally sponsored scheme for completion of balance works of irrigation projects in Maharashtra will entail a cost of about Rs 13651 crore.

A Government statement said completion of these projects will ensure assured source of water to the farmers in the command area of these projects. This will increase yield of their crops and also help increase income of farmers.

The special package shall help in creation of additional potential of 3.77 lakh hectares in Marathawada, Vidharbha and drought prone areas of the state.

The projects included under the special package do not include the 26 major and medium projects already underway in Maharashtra having ultimate potential of 8.50 lakh hectare being funded under PMKSY-AIBP. These projects are planned to be completed by December,2019.

The newly approved scheme will be spread over a period of five years - 2018-19 to 2022-23.

Of the total amount, Rs 3831.41 crore will be provided by the Central Government. The State Government can avail its share for these projects through the National Bank For Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

The Central assistance will be 25 per cent for 83 surface minor irrigation (SMI) and eight major/medium irrigation (MMI) projects.

The scheme will also help create employment opportunities through increase in cropping intensity, agro processing and other ancillary activities.

Of the 83 irrigation projects, as many as 66 are in Vidarbha while 17 are in Marathwada. A total of 18 each projects are in Amaravati and Washim, 14 in Yawatmal, eight in Buldhana and five in Aurangabad.

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