Even as the Maharashtra government is yet to show the efficiency of its flagship water conservation project Jalyukt Shivar, the project seems to have impressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The project, which is being closely monitored by CM Devendra Fadnavis, found a mention in Modi’s weekly radio address to the nation ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Modi said that Jalyukt Shivar movement will help save Maharashtra from the future problems of water scarcity.
“Maharashtra has managed to start a citizen movement to save water, in which citizens are contributing with funds as well as labour,”said Modi.
Jalyukt Shivar is a micro irrigation project that the state government initiated last year. Project under this scheme has been implemented in more than 6000 villages and more number of villages will be included in the project. Fadnavis has claimed that with this project Maharashtra can be made drought free by 2019.
The government has completed projects worth Rs 282 crore in the state, of which more than half of the fund has been spent in completing projects in the drought affected Marathwada area.