Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde gives in-principle nod to Kikwi dam project

Times of India | 5 days ago | 23-11-2022 | 05:47 am

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde gives in-principle nod to Kikwi dam project

NASHIK: Chief minister Eknath Shinde gave in-principle nod to the proposed Kikwi dam project and said funds would be made available for the project in the state budget. Shinde held a meeting with the urban development department and the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) officials on various pending projects on Tuesday. Confirming this, local MP Hemant Godse told TOI that the CM has given his in-principle approval to the Kikwi dam project and a financial provision of Rs 50 crore will be made in the upcoming state government budget to ensure that the land acquisition work for the proposed dam can begin. The new dam is to be constructed over the Kikwi river near Bramhanwade, around 8 km from Trimbakeshwar. It would have a capacity of 2.4 TMC and would provide water to Nashik city. The water resources department has already identified 912 hectare to construct the new dam, which includes 172.5 hectare of forest land. Nashik city's water requirement has increased by 600 mcft in the past four years from 4.9 TMC to 5.6 TMC. Whereas, the capacity of Gangapur dam has been reduced by 1.8 TMC due to the silt deposits. The desilting of the dam is a difficult task and requires large funds. Apart from this, Shinde also said that the state government is positive to convert Cidco properties from lease-hold to free-hold and the process for the same would be started soon. 'Submit proposal to give properties at nominal rate'The CM said the NMC had given its 1,075 properties to social non-profit outfits for various social purposes like study halls, libraries, gyms and various activities for senior citizens. But these outfits got into finacial trouble due to the change in state government norms regarding lease rates. Therefore, he instructed the civic body to submit proposals in this connection so that these properties can be given at a nominal rate to the social non-profit organisations.

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