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Maharashtra AP get lion s share in Centre s irrigation projects

Centre has identified 99 irrigation projects for completing by December 2019. Out of these, maximum number of 26 projects fall in Maharashtra, eight in Andhra Pradesh and one in Gujarat

Centre has made a roadmap for early completion of 99 identified projects under Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojana and Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (PMKSY-AIBP). Out of these 99 irrigation projects under AIBP, identified to be completed by 2019, maximum number of 26 projects are in Maharashtra, eight in Andhra Pradesh and one in Gujarat.

Out of these, 23 projects (Priority-I) have been identified to be completed by 2016-17 and another 31 projects (Priority-II) have been identified to be completed by 2017-18. The remaining 45 projects (Priority-III) have been identified to be completed by December, 2019.

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has issued Rs 3,274 crore for irrigation projects under PMKSY and AIBP projects. NABARD has issued Rs 1,981 crore to Andhra Pradesh for Polavaram irrigation project, Rs 830 crore to Maharashtra and Rs 463 crore to Gujarat as financial assistance for various irrigation projects.

Seven projects of Maharashtra; Waghur, Bawanthadi (IS), Lower Dudhna, Tillari, Lower Wardha, Lower Panzara and Nandur Madhmeshwar are in priority-I category. The rest of the 19 projects (Gosikhurd (NP), Upper Pen Ganga, Bemla, Tarali, Dhom Balaakwadi, Arjuna, Upper Kundalika, Aruna, Krishna Koyana Lift, Gadnadi, Gongargaon, Sangola Branch Canal, Khadakpurna, Warna, Morna (Gureghar) Lower Pedhi, Wang project, Naradave (Mahammadwadi) and (Kudali) are kept priority-III category. Application of Maharashtra for sanction of loan for State share amounting to Rs 10,711 crore and release of State share of Rs 2099.47 crore during financial year 2016-17 for their 23 projects has been approved by the Ministry Mission and sent to NABARAD on 15.12.2016.

In Andhra Pradesh, all eight projects are kept in priority –II category. The projects are Gundlakamma, Tadipudi LIS, Thotapally, Tarakaram Teerta Sagaram, Musurumilli, Pushkara LIS, Yerracalva and Maddigedda.

The lone project in Gujarat is Sardar Sarovar which is in priority-III category. The projects is likely to be completed by 2018 with an irrigation potential target of 17.92 lakh hectare.

First tranche of central assistance amounting to Rs 1,500 crore was released by NABARD on 21.10.2016, while second tranche of central assistance amounting to Rs 500 crore was released on 26.12.2016.

One of the major reasons for the projects to remain incomplete was inadequate provision of funds by the concerned State Governments. As a result, large amount of funds spent on these projects were locked up and the benefits envisaged at the time of formulation of the projects could not be achieved. This was a cause for concern and initiative was required at the national level to remedy the situation, a Government of India's statement says.

Total funds required for completion of all the 99 identified projects have been estimated at Rs 77,595 crore. Likely potential utilisation through these projects is estimated to be 76.03 lakh hectare.  

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