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Oct 31, 2012 at 02:56pm IST

Irrigation scam: Central water panel seeks details from Maharashtra

Mumbai: The Central Water Commission has written to the state Water Resources Ministry asking it to furnish full details of all contracts (above Rs 1 crore) awarded in the 17 irrigation projects in Maharashtra that are partly funded by the Central government. The letter seeks details of works awarded, beginning of projects, completion or otherwise and remarks.

"CWC/MoWR desires to have detailed analysis of expenditure incurred under the program and potential created thereof. Most of the information on the issue is available in this office. However, the details of contracts are not available. It is therefore requested to kindly provide the requisite information in respect of the 17 projects of Maharashtra immediately," said the letter.

Sources said the letter came after the PMO wrote to the Central Vigilance Commission asking it to probe into the 17 irrigation projects in Maharashtra partly funded by the Centre. BJP president Nitin Gadkari is among those who have been alleged to be involved in the irrigation scam. Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar, who was the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, had resigned in September after his name came up in the scam.