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Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis Approves Integration Of Six Major Rivers

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| June 23 , 2018 , 13:11 IST

Maharastra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has approved the integration of six major river basins. The decision was taken at the fifth meeting of ‘Maharashtra water council’ held on Friday.

This is the first ever state integration project in the country.

The state rich with Godavari, Krishna, Narmada, Mahanadi, Tapi and Paschim Vahini rivers bring all other five river basins under the project. After the approval of the project, Fadnavis directed the water resource department to prepare state’s integration water plan by July 15.

The rivers that come under the project are Godavari (49.62%), Narmada (0.43%), Krishna (22.45%), Tapi (16.68%), Paschim Vahini (10.82%) and Mahanadi (0.10%) of which Fadnavis had approved Integration water plan for the Godavari in November 2017.

The issue of Konkan overflowing water was also discussed and Fadnavis directed the authorities to prepare a proposal for Konkan water grid to reduce the wastage of water. 50TMC of water will be prevented from going into the sea that will help the villagers to cop up the requirement of drinking water.

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During the meeting, Fadnavis congratulated the officials on the completion of this big project to integrate all six river basins and ask to set up a study group.

The project is aimed to address the water crisis and effective utilisation of water for irrigation. The project is aimed at helping to complete the irrigation projects and will provide a mechanism to use water effectively for sustainable agricultural development.