Connecting East and West part of the Vidarbha region through rivers like Wainganga and Nalganga will bring green revolution in the region, said Praveen Mahajan. He added that due to Govidari water crises, Maharashtra and Vidarbha has authority to use Goshikhurd water, if we do not use this water and leave it in river, we will be loosing our right over the water. But if we divert the remaining water to Goshikhurd to Nalganga river we will be having ample water for Vidarbha.
He added that Maharashtra has only 18% irrigation coverage, much below the national average, and a number of irrigation projects in the state are lying incomplete.
Expediting these pending projects is the need of the hour. It will give much needed boost to agricultural growth in the state which is stagnant at sub 4% while states like Madhya Pradesh had achieved double digit growth. After joining the Wardha River, the united stream, known as the Pranahita, ultimately falls into the Godavari River in Telangana.
The project has great potential to irrigate around 2.5 lakh hectares in the arid western Vidarbha’s Amravati division. These plans should be realized by diverting the remaining water from Gosikhurd from Wainganga to Nalganga. Demanded Praveen Mahajan on 3 November 2014 from the then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Taking cognizance of Praveen Mahajan’s statement, instructions were given to the Water Resources Department on behalf of then Chief Minister’s Office. But as the rule and government changes, projects like this get compromised.
Mahajan, while talking to The Live Nagpur said, “I am still chasing the project, because hundreds of villages will get drinking water, besides, businesses will come there and provide employment to around 6-7 lakh people.” He explained the cost of the scheme is Rs 53.752 crore and the financial return is 9.50, which is enough to make the project a reality. The benefit area of this scheme is 3,71,277 hectares in Nagpur district, 92,326 hectares, 56,646 hectares in Wardha district.
83,571 hectares in Amravati district, 15,895 hectares in Yavannal district. 84,625 hectares in Akola district, 38,214 hectares in Suldana district and indirectly 2-3 Leith hectares will increase.
The revision of this project was going on for the last five years. Availability of water was the most important issue in this river project, after which all the hurdles have been removed and the DPR of the project is prepared by the National Water Development Agency.
This project has been included in the recently issued government order (‘War-room`) by the Water Resources Department, the project should be given immediate administrative approval, which will start in the preparation of the budget, and this work will start directly from next year. Water Expert Praveen Mahajan demanded.