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Centre signs deal to complete 99 pending projects

Tue, Sep 06, 2016, 06:08 PM
Hyderabad, Sept.6: In a significant development, the Centre today agreed to complete 99 pending projects in the country, including 11 projects in Telangana State.

At a crucial meeting at Delhi, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharathi, NABARD Chairman, National Water Development Authority Secretary Sashi Shekhar have signed a deal attended by NITI Ayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagaria, coordination committee member and Telangana Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao and officials concerned.

It may be noted that Uma Bharathi had recently asked Harish Rao to attend the meeting for singing the pact as the Centre aims to complete the 99 pending projects by 2019. As per the agreement, NABARD will fund the projects in coordination with the Centre and States. It was planned to complete 23 projects in 2061-17 as the first priority, 31 projects in 2017-18 as the second priority and 45 projects in 2019 as the third priority. The projects include 11 projects in Telangana State, including Devadula and others.

Harish Rao said the deal struck today was a historic one as it will help irrigate 75 lakh acres through the completion of 11 projects in the State of Telangana.

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