Six river basins in Maharashtra ready to be interlinked: Devendra Fadnavis

CM Devendra Fadnavis on 22 june sanctioned the merging of the state’s five major river basins under the Integrated State Water Plan project.

Maharashtrais set to become the first state to execute such a project in India, which would enable water transfer and equitable distribution to throughout the state.

  • Maharashtra becomes first state to prepare river basin plan.
  • System would facilitate water transfer and equitable distribution.
  • The decision was taken at a meeting of the Maharashtra Water Council Meeting in Mumbai.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis authorised the water integration system on Friday meeting of Maharashtra Water Council at sahyadri Guest House. Vice President of the council and water resources minister Girish Mahajan, industry minister Subhash Desai and others were among the persons present in the meeting.

The state has six major river basins — Godavari, Tapi, Krishna, Narmada, Mahanadi and western flowing rivers. The plan for Godavari basin was approved on November 30, 2017 . five other river basins under the scheme, Fadnavis on Friday directed the water resources department to bring five other river basins under the scheme and complete all processes and start following the project before July 15.

Fadnavis also directed in meeting to set up a proposal for Konkan Water Grid, at least 50 TMC water can be used for drinking, by preventing it from being flowing into the sea.

“In the absence of a plan, there was neither proper direction nor management. As a result, we have a series of dams with no water. We have plenty of water in the river basins but no structures to tap the supply.” said Girish Mahajan.

Godavari was the 1st water plan approved out of the total 6 (Godavari (49.62%), Krishna (22.45%), Narmada (0.43%), Tapi (16.68%), Paschim Vahini (10.82%) & Mahanadi (0.10%). (% is of area covered).

Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority data shows that of the total 225 lakh hectares of cultivable land in the state, 40 per cent fall under severely drought-prone areas.