Isha Foundations’ rally for rivers gets approval from Maharashtra

Coimbatore: The Isha Foundation yesterday announced that its National Rally for Rivers pilot project to rejuvenate Waghari river in Maharashtra has received the state cabinet nod and Rs 415 crore allotted for it

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev founder Isha tweeted, “Maharashtra cabinet nod to @rallyforrivers Waghari revitalisation project is a landmark step which will create a model & an example for the nation that ecology & economy can indeed work together.”

A release issued by the foundation said that on 5 March, the Maharashtra cabinet had approved the pilot project in Yavatmal and the agriculture department had earmarked Rs 415 crore for project implementation.

The approval also includes formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle for the project, which will have representation from members of Rally for Rivers and other technical experts, said the release.

A detailed presentation to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Forest Minister Sudhir Munghantiwar were made in August last year in Mumbai and a detailed project report was submitted in November.

Last year, Vasudev had promised that similar pilot projects would be implemented in river basins in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Punjab and Gujarat.

NT Bureau