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Sugarcane Is King A Correspondent writes THE Maharashtra government has started work on lift irrigation schemes based on Koyna-Krishna river waters, though it has not obtained the sanction of either of the Planning Commission or the Central Water Commission for these schemes. The schemes involve an expenditure of Rs 83 crore. The decision to take, up the lift irrigation schemes also reverses the Maharashtra government's resolution of 1978 forbidding the taking up of any lift irrigation ..schemes with government funds; A state government spokesman re- cently justified the starting of work on the lift irrigation schemes on the plea that irrigation was a state subject The Koyna-Krishna lift irrigation schemes are designed to irrigate over 36,000 hectares of land covering 76 villages in the Khanapur, Tasgaon and Miraj talukas of Sangli district. Since the Krishna river will not have enough water for the lift irrigation schemes, the gov- enrment has decided to lift water from the Koyna river to be put into Krishna. The justification advanced for this is that the. government, apprehends that Maharashtra will not be able to use all the available Koyna waters by 2000 AD. Should this happen, under the terms of the agreement with Karnataka, the unused water in the Koyna river dam will go to Karnataka. The Koyna- Krishna lift irrigation schemes are intended to prevent this loss' of waters to Maharashtra. The official spokesman admitted that the Koyna-Krishna lift irrigation schemes have been taken up by diverting funds sanctioned for the major Bhima-Ujani irrigation project in SoIapur district and for schemes on the Jayakwadi project.

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