Nitin Gadkari has written a letter to Uddhav Thackeray on the Mumbai flooding drawback (File)

New Delhi:

In a bid to forestall the floods that happen in Maharashtra ever 12 months inflicting lack of lives and property, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has written a letter to the state’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and others suggesting the state to take up the formidable undertaking of formation of a State Water Grid on the strains of the Nationwide Energy Grid and Freeway Grid.

Mr Gadkari, Union Minister of Highway Transport and Freeway, stated the thought behind the grid is to divert the floodwater from one river basin to a different within the drought-prone areas of the state.

“I’m scripting this letter to attract your consideration towards the intense subject of heavy lack of lives and property that happen within the state of Maharashtra yearly resulting from floods. The floods create and set off critical issues in several elements of the state and there may be an pressing must chalk out a plan to handle this pure catastrophe that turns into grave due to different man-made components,” Mr Gadkari stated within the letter dated October 14.

He stated the areas with a scarcity of water, scanty of rainfall can get aid by the grid and added that this might additionally assist improve the irrigation considerably and decline within the variety of suicides of farmers.

“Via you, the Maharashtra authorities is requested to take initiative for preparations of the DPR (detailed undertaking report) for the formation of a State Water Grid to beat the recurring disaster of the floods. This may assist the federal government to make sure the supply of the water in drought-prone areas and save the sources to handle the flood disaster,” Mr Gadkari stated.

It stated that varied research have proven that the incidents of the farmers’ suicide have come down within the areas the place the irrigation cowl is greater than 55 per cent.

“This may additionally assist to extend agriculture produce and strengthen the agricultural and nationwide financial system. The diverted floodwaters would relieve the stress on the native sources. Transportation of products and passengers by rivers (Water Transport) will be commenced in close to future,” the letter stated.

“Fishing and different companies can flourish alongside and main employment will be generated if such a undertaking is taken up as important infrastructure. It’s pertinent to say right here that, although my Ministry pertains to the event of Nationwide Highways, my curiosity is Water Conservation, as I consider that water conservation can change the image of Maharashtra and the nation,” it added.

Mr Gadkari stated the synchronization of nationwide freeway building and water conservation outcomes not solely in growing water storage capability however saving the setting. 

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