SMART, river linking projects to be fast-tracked: Fadnavis
The state government on Thursday decided to fast-track the World Bank-assisted State of Maharashtra’s Agri-business and Rural Transformation (SMART) project to help farmers.
The project, introduced in 2018-19 by then Devendra Fadnavis-led government, was put on the backburner by the Maha Vikas Aghadi.
At a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and attended by Fadnavis, his deputy, the government revisited the project.
Following the meeting, Fadnavis told mediapersons, “The World Bank had promised to assist us financially for the SMART project. But in the last two-and-a-half years, the project was neglected.”
“The project would help in creating robust value addition chain in post harvest segments. It would facilitate enterprise promotion and attract business investment.” It also entails formation of farmer producer groups and linking farmers to markets, he added.
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Another important decision taken at the meeting was to diverting the flood waters of Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur to drought-hit Marathwada.
Shinde directed officials to prepare a comprehensive draft on the Wainganga-Nalganga river linking project and also come out with a draft proposal on diverting water flowing away from Godavari basin to Marathwada.
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