INDIA - Maharashtra state has allocated $1.16 billion to water resources department during 2015-16, state water resources minister, Girish Mahajan said recently.
During 2015-16 fiscal year, the state will create 725 thousand million cubic (tmc) of water storage and will bring 69,664 hectare under irrigation.
The minister said that Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) has been allocated $532 million, while Amravati division was provided $302 million for its irrigation backlog.
During the coming fiscal period, the government will emphasis in completing pending projects and 41 projects under five irrigation corporations - Krishna Valley, Tapi, Godavari, Vidarbha and Konkan, will be completed.
The current ongoing irrigation, water storages will incur more than 75 per cent of the expenditure, the minister stressed.