Coimbatore, Mar 14: Maharashtra cabinet approved the pilot project for revitalization of Waghari River in Yavatmal on March 5 and Agriculture Department has earmarked Rs 415 crore for project implementation.
The cabinet approval also includes formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle for the project, which will have representation from members of Rally for Rivers, which is spearheaded by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Founder of Isha Foundation and other technical experts.
Isha Foundation press statement here on Thursday said that the government has subsequently released a Government Resolution which formalizes the project.
Rally for Rivers, spearhead by Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation, will work with Government of Maharashtra towards revitalization of Waghari River in Yavatmal district.
To revitalize Waghari, improve soil fertility and farmers’ economy, the project entails plantation on both sides of the river form the active mark of the floodplains, facilitating local farmers to shift from crop-based agriculture to chemical-free farming to improve soil fertility, increasing horticulture fruit tree cultivation and medicinal tree-based agriculture in the region, use of micro-irrigation methods, afforestation on government land through large-scale public participation and creation of infrastructure and support systems for farmers’ produce through public-private partnership.
Sadhguru and Rally for Rivers expert team made a detailed presentation to the Chief Minister DevendraFadnavis and Forest Minister SudhirMunghantiwar on August 7, last year in Mumbai pursuant to which a Detailed Project Report for revitalization of Waghari was submitted in November 2019.
The project will be executed by ‘NadiVeeras’ who joined Rally for Rivers team full time in early 2018 after Sadhguru made a clarion call to the youth of India to join hands to revitalize India’s severely depleting rivers. (UNI)