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Maharashtra demanded Rs 2,200 cr for drought-hit areas

Posted on Jan 08, 12:33PM | UNI

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said he has sought from the Central Government a financial assistance of Rs 2,200 crore for drought-hit areas of the state.

He made this announcement in a review meeting of ministers, MLAs and government officials at Jat Market Yard premises this afternoon,after reviewing the situation arising due to severe drought in Jat and Atpadi tehsils.

In the review meeting, Mr Chavan said the state government had spent Rs 1,100 crore in drought-hit areas since last six months and they would require additional Rs 1,200 crore for drought-hit areas.

He also said state government has decided to construct cement levees in 15 tehsils of the state.

Mr Chavan further said government would give Rs 25 crore, within ten days, for completing Takari and Maihshal Schemes.

A decision in this regard will be taken in the next Cabinet meeting, he informed.

Mr Chavan also said that the state will request the Karnataka government to release water from Alamatti dam to tackle the drought-like situation in affected areas of Maharashtra.

Forest minister Patangrao Kadam, finance minister Jayant Patil, minister of state for home Satej Patil, MLA Ramesh Shendge, Vilasrao Jagtap, NCP leaders Vikram Sawant and Prakash Shendge among others were present at the meeting.

Earlier, Mr Chavan visited Kumbharli village in Jat tehsil and performed a 'puja' there, which has received water from the Maihshal scheme. Then he visited Birnal village, where he inspected a dried tank. The villagers have been demanding for release of water from Maihshal scheme in Birnal tank.