Situation on the Ground
Situation On The Ground
Shri Eknathrao Khadse (MLA of Maharashtra)
Minister of Revenue, Agriculture, Excise and Minority Affairs
As a Minister for Irrigation during 1997 to 1999 he sanctioned important irrigation projects all over Maharashtra and completed the incomplete ones. He also gave momentum to the irrigation projects under Krishna Valley Development Corporation. Most importantly ,he took the progressive decision of "rehabilitation first and irrigation project later."He established Tapi Valley Development Corporation for North Maharashtra and completed projects worth Rs. 5000 cores, thus fulfilling the long pending backlog of Khandesh, during this tenure . He sanctioned lift irrigation projects worth Rs. 2500 cores for the district of Muktainagar and gave impetus to these projects
The Koyna Hydroelectric Project is the largest completed hydroelectricpower plant in India. It is a complex project with four dams including the largest dam on the Koyna River known as the Koyna Dam hence the name Koyna Hydroelectric Project. The project site is in Satara district nearPatan. The village Helwak near the dam was later known as Koynanagar. The total capacity of the project is 1,960 MW. The project consists of four stages of power genera-tion. All the generators are located in underground powerhouses excavated deep inside the moun-tains of the Western Ghats. A dam foot powerhouse also contributes to the electricity generation. Due to the project's electricity generating potential the Koyna River is considered as the life line of Maharashtra. The project takes advantage of the height of Western Ghats. Thus a very large hydraulic head is available over a very short distance.
Water conservation is the need of the day when the State of Maharashtra is verge on facing a drought situation. Identifying this concern, Sri Eknath Khadse under his administration has decided to take the necessary steps which would save water from flowing into the sea and can be used for the supply of drinking water.. As per the proposed plan, Govt. Of Maharashtra will be halting the release of water to Arabian Sea from Koyna Dam. This move is expected to save nearly 1,600 million cubic metres of water from flowing into the sea. The government is also considering getting the Tata Power Company to shut down its three hydro-power stations located at Khopoli, Bhivpuri and Bhira, which would help save another 1,000 MCM of water till the next rains.
Government of Maharashtra has now given a go ahead for the proposal under the administration of Sri. Eknath Khadse and requested TATA group to halt the water from releasing. This will definitely bring a sigh relief for the people of Maharashtra.