Irrigation

  • Badaun gangrape: Rising Ganga may foil CBI plan to exhume victims' bodies July 17, 2014

    The Irrigation department has warned that CBI's plan to conduct fresh autopsy on the bodies of two teenage girls raped and murdered in Badaun is going to be dead in the water if the agency failed to exhume the bodies within the next two days. "Due to heavy rains in Uttarakhand,...
  • Government suspends 9 engineers for sub-standard work in irrigation project June 24, 2014

    Chhattisgarh Government has suspended five assistant engineers and four sub-engineers of Water Resources Department over irregularities in execution of an irrigation project in Bilaspur division, a top official said. The irregularities related to extension, renovation and modernisation of canals under Minimata Bango dam project. The officials were suspended after the Department's...
  • BJP demands independent CBI, ED probe into irrigation scam June 18, 2014

    Pune: The BJP has demanded an independent investigation by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) into alleged irregular financial transactions worth Rs 20,000 crore which fell outside the scope of the Chitale Committee, which probed the irrigation scam in Maharashtra. Accusing Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan of shielding then...
  • Maharashtra irrigation scam: Madhav Chitale committee report tabled in Assembly June 15, 2014

    Mumbai: The report prepared by Madhav Chitale committee, appointed by Maharashtra government to probe the Rs 70,000 crore irrigation scam, was tabled before the state Assembly on Saturday. The panel also tabled an action taken report before the Assembly. The Opposition in Assembly, BJP was quick to target the Congress-NCP combine over...
  • Andhra Pradesh: Pending irrigation projects to get priority, says TDP June 13, 2014

    Visakhapatnam: Putting irrigation projects on priority, Andhra Pradesh Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said that the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) would expedite completion of pending projects to irrigate farms in the state. Talking to reporters here on Friday after a review meeting on pending irrigation projects in North Andhra with...
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan wants Narmada-Malwa link to be made national project June 2, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti to declare Narmada-Malwa link and Bargi diversion as national projects. Chouhan, in a letter to Bharti on Sunday, also urged for early clearance of pending irrigation projects of the state, an official release said. He said that...
  • AP: Cabinet clears Polavaram Project Ordinance, TRS calls for bandh May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Ahead of Andhra Pradesh's bifurcation on June 2, the Cabinet had cleared the Polavaram Irrigation Project Ordinance on Tuesday which merged seven mandals of Telanagana into Seemandhra, said sources on Wednesday. The Ordinance is with President Pranab Mukherjee awaiting his approval. Telangana Chief Minister-designate K Chandrasekhar Rao has called...
  • Met office rules out surplus monsoon in 2014 April 24, 2014

    India is likely to experience below-average monsoon rainfall in 2014, the government's weather office said on Thursday, if the El Nino weather pattern affects the four-month-long rainy season. The monsoon is vital for India as half of its farmland lacks irrigation. To cut dependence on rains, India plans to expand its...
  • Maharashtra irrigation scam report submitted to CM March 1, 2014

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra irrigation scam report has been submitted to the state Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. The Chitale committee looked into 19 irrigation projects. Sources say the report does not name or indict any individual politician. The Chitale committee had no powers to summon any officials or politicians for questioning...
  • Vasundhara Raje directs officials to ensure basic amenities in Dholpur February 12, 2014

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on  Tuesday directed officials to solve problems of water, power, road and irrigation raised by residents of Dholpur district during her stay there to listen to their grievances. Domestic consumers should get 24-hour power, and farmers be ensured three phase electricity in a day, Raje told...
  • UP better placed than Gujarat in terms of development: Akhilesh Yadav January 31, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh on Thursday said that in terms of development, his state was in a better position than the Narendra Modi led Gujarat. Addressing Yuva Shakti Sammelan Akhilesh said that Modi claimed development in Gujarat, but UP was placed in a better position than his state.  He claimed...
  • Maharashtra Cabinet clears irrigation cost escalation worth Rs 622 cr January 9, 2014

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra Cabinet has cleared a cost escalation worth Rs 622 crore in the existing 147 irrigation projects across the state. The decision was taken at an acrimonious Cabinet meeting, where the alliance partner, the NCP, led by Ajit Pawar attacked Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for paralysis in decision...
  • Uttarakhand to get control of 41 irrigation canals January 8, 2014

    While Uttarakhand gets authority over the canals in Haridwar and Udhamsingh Nagar districts, UP will control the rest falling in its area, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna announced during a meeting of the irrigation department. The state has allocated Rs 880 crore for flood control measures in calamity-hit areas on which...
  • Jharkhand Congress demands special package for backward districts December 3, 2013

    Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee (JPCC) on Tuesday demanded a special package for four most backward districts of the state. The four most backward districts of Jharkhand- Daltongunj (Palamau), Chatra, Latehar and Garwah- must be granted special package on the line of one that had been granted to Bundelkhand region, said...
  • Maharashtra irrigation scam whistle-blower Vijay Pandhare joins AAP December 1, 2013

    The Aam Aadmi Party got a boost in Maharashtra with Vijay Pandhare, former bureaucrat and whistle-blower in the multi-billion rupees irrigation scam, joining the Arvind Kejriwal-led outfit on Sunday. Pandhare, an acknowledged expert in irrigation, retired from government service on Saturday. Asked of his plunge into politics, the soft-spoken and mild-mannered Pandhare...
  • World Bank offers $360m loan for UP water projects October 25, 2013

    The World Bank will provide a $360 million loan for restructuring of water sector projects in Uttar Pradesh. Nilaya Mitash, a joint secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs in the union finance ministry on behalf of the Government of India and Onno Ruhl, country director, World Bank on behalf of...
  • Irrigation scam: BJP accuses Prithviraj Chavan of cover-up under NCP pressure October 3, 2013

    Mumbai: Opposition BJP on Thursday accused Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan of doing a U-turn on the mandate of a committee probing the irrigation scam under pressure from alliance partner NCP and demanded the panel be brought under the Commission of Inquiry Act. "Chavan had promised that the Madhav Chitale committee...
  • Rahul Gandhi to lay foundation stone of irrigation project in Rajasthan September 6, 2013

    Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi would lay the foundation stone of an irrigation project in Baran in Rajasthan and address a public meeting in Udaipur. "Preparations have been completed for the visit. Rahul will address a meeting in the tribal area of Salumbar on September 11 and lay foundation stone of the...
  • Rajasthan govt promotes 'fertigation automation' for farm efficiency August 13, 2013

    Rajasthan government, after promoting drip irrigation system in a big way is now focusing on 'fertigation automation' method to increase farm efficiency in the desert state, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said. Fertigation is the application of fertilisers, soil amendments or other water-soluble products through a controlled irrigation system which increases the...
  • AP government constitutes GoM on agriculture sector June 1, 2013

    Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government on Friday constituted an 11-member Group of Ministers to provide policy direction to the agriculture sector for the 12th Plan. The GoM will also monitor and review the performance of the agriculture sector during the 12th Plan period. Minister for Agriculture will be chairman of the...
  • Ajit to meet PM, seek money to complete irrigation projects May 30, 2013

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday said the state would demand financial aid from the Centre to complete incomplete irrigation projects. He would be having a meeting in this regard with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar in Delhi on...
  • Kamal Nath forced to seek shelter in municipal building May 29, 2013

    Chhindwara: Strong winds and rains disrupted a function which Union Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath was to attend on Tuesday and forced him to seek shelter in a municipal building at Amarwada, about 65 kms away from the district headquarters. Nath arrived in Amarwada to lay the...
  • Irrigation scam probe should reach its logical end: Maharashtra CM May 1, 2013

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has refused to give a clean chit to senior politicians who are accused of taking kickbacks in major projects. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Smitha Nair, he took a strong stand on the issue saying the probe should reach its logical conclusion. ...
  • Irrigation scam: Maha CM refuses to give clean chit to politicians May 1, 2013

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has refused to give a clean chit to senior politicians who are accused of taking kickbacks in major projects. He has taken a strong stand on the issue saying the probe should reach its logical conclusion. He was speaking to CNN-IBN's Smitha Nair. Below is...
  • Odisha: Protests against Lower Suktel Project turn violent April 30, 2013

    Bolangir: Protests by villagers displaced by the Lower Suktel power project turned violent at Bolangir on Monday. As many as 40 people were injured when the protestors clashed with police. 16 people were arrested. Villagers affected by the project staged a road blockade for over 2 hours, demanding higher compensation. ...
  • HC rejects objections against Vidarbha irrigation scam April 25, 2013

    Nagpur: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday rejected preliminary objections raised by Maharashtra government's Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC), under the scanner for alleged corruption, against two PILs seeking probe into the matter. The court's Nagpur bench is hearing two PILs on the alleged scam, seeking a probe by CBI...
  • Maharashtra irrigation scam: Medha names Ajit Pawar, Gadkari April 20, 2013

    Social activist Medha Patkar is alleging fresh evidence in the Maharashtra Irrigation Scam. She has alleged Income Tax raids at the Mahalakshmi Infraprojects Limited uncovered proof of kickbacks being paid to the tune of Rs 44 crore. ...
  • Maha irrigation scam: Ajit Pawar, Gadkari involved, says Medha Patkar April 19, 2013

    Mumbai: Social activist Medha Patkar has claimed to have fresh evidence in the Maharashtra Irrigation Scam. She has alleged that Income Tax raids at the Mahalakshmi Infraprojects Limited uncovered proof of kickbacks being paid to the tune of Rs 44 crore. The Income tax assessment report cites documents showing unexplained payments...
  • CAG indicts Maha govt over delayed irrigation projects April 18, 2013

    Mumbai: The CAG report on irrigation projects was tabled in the Maharashtra Assembly on Thursday. The CAG slammed the Maharashtra government over incomplete irrigation projects, saying it has led to cost overruns of around Rs 27,000 crore in a finding that could raise questions on the role of NCP and...
  • Parrikar alleges irregularities in Maharashtra irrigation April 10, 2013

    Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday alleged irregularities in all irrigation projects in Maharashtra, including the Tillari project bordering the state. "All irrigation projects in Maharashtra are scam. I am saying this on record," he told the State Legislative Assembly, while speaking on demands for grants. "We know about...