IN PHOTOS: After over 50-year wait, Nilwande canal network starts

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday inaugurated the canal network of Nilwande dam, over 50 years after the project was planned to decrease the problems of water scarcity in about six talukas of Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. Pics/Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis

Updated On: 2023-05-31 04:20 PM IST

Compiled by : Asif Ali Sayed

The construction of the 85-km-long left bank canal with a capacity to deliver water at 921 cusecs is completed, except the concrete lining. Pics/Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis

The project, including the dam and its canals is aimed at bringing around 68,000 hectare of land under irrigation. It is expected to provide drinking water to over 125 villages in Ahmednagar and Sinnar taluka in Nashik

It is reportedly the first major project in the country where the piped distribution network for smaller distributaries will be carried out

The work of the dam was reportedly completed and commissioned in the year 2014. But the canal networks were still under construction

The project was initially approved as Mhaladevi in 1970 at an estimated cost of Rs7.9 crore

On Wednesday, CM Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis visited the spot to officially inaugurate the project

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