Indira Sagar_ProjectsMonitorThere are about ten major irrigation projects in the country which are held up due to lack of environment clearance.

Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are the worst hit states due to delay in issuing environment clearance. These ten irrigation projects, when implemented, will irrigate 4,82,000 hectare of land.

It should be noted that irrigation projects covering more than 10,000 hectare or higher irrigable command area and with potential to cause submergence require environment clearance from Union Government. Further, irrigation projects with proximity to National Park/Sanctuary, Biosphere Reserve and/or projects situated within 10 Kms. of inter-state boundary also require similar environment clearance.

Irrigation projects pending EC
State
No of projects
Area proposed to be irrigated
(in hectare)
Maharashtra
3
1,61,845
Madhya Pradesh
5
3,04,297
Karnataka
1
9,900
Odisha
1
6,000
Total
10
4,82,042

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