Munde bats for interlinking rivers in Maharashtra

May 05, 2012, 04:07 IST | PTI

Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde today stressed upon the need to interlink rivers in Maharashtra to make available sufficient amount of water for agriculture purposes across the state.

"Rivers in the state should be interlinked. It will definitely make more water available for farming," he said. 

The BJP Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha said this while he was speaking at a symposium on 'Maharashtra -Past, Present and Future' organised to mark the birth centenary of Maharashtra's first Chief Minister Y B Chavan.

Gopinath Munde

Insisting that the state should be self-sufficient in the power sector, Munde said the 700 km coastline, which Maharashtra boasts of, can be utilised to generate more power. Munde urged the political parties that there should be no politics on the issues of development.

"For the development of the state, politics should be kept aside, criticism should not be made against each other and we should come together at least on some issues," he said.

Munde also asked for a comprehensive discussion on the issues like irrigation, power, education and industry. Saying that Maharashtra's debt-burden is Rs 2.5 trillion, the BJP leader said this burden is more than that on the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

"Bihar's GDP is rising and time will come when the influx into Maharasthtra from that state will stop," he said.

Impressed over the presentation made by former minister Shankarrao Kolhe on the cooperation sector, Munde urged the State Cooperation Minister Harshavardhan Patil to rope Kolhe as the brand ambassador for the sector.

"We always rope in actors as brand ambassadors. But as far as the cooperation sector is concerned, Kolhe should be roped in as the brand ambassador," he said.

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