ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Maharashtra- Politics of an Irigation Project

 Maharashtra Our Maharashtra Correspondent writes: THE Khujagaon flow irrigation project in the Sangli district of Maharashtra was approved by the Planning Commission in 1965 and work on it began the next year. Yet so far the project has made little progress. The reason is that the project has not found favour with Vasantrao Dada Patil, former President of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee and now Minister for Irrigation and Power in the state government. Vasantrao Patil wants to substitute the Khujagaon scheme with a lift irrigation project located at Nandoli, also in Sangli district. Their respective protagonists have put together an impressive array of vital statistics in support of the two projects, both of which will cost well over Rs 50 crores each and are expected to irrigate about 2.5 lakh acres. But more interesting than these statistics is the manner in which the claims of the two projects are being pressed forward and the role that the controversy is playing in the intra-party politics of the Congress in Maharashtra.

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