Maharashtra government is planning an ambitious project for development of rural areas by introducing an eco-village concept, which would give incentives to the villages for preserving the environment. Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil stated that the eco-village concept would serve both the purposes – development and preservation of environment of the villages. Patil has been taking opinions and suggestions from experts in the rural sector and activists on the issue. In the concept, the rural areas would have a development plan like cities to avoid haphazard constructions in future. The concept would also ensure the basic minimum facilities for the villages like water and sanitation, power, schools and markets. It is expected that the villages would use the incentives to develop infrastructure like roads, bridges and community centres. Altogether 33 districts in Maharashtra fall under the rural category. There are over around 40,000 villages in the state.
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