Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on management of irrigation projects (Maharashtra)
The Government of Maharashtra formed five Irrigation Development Corporations during 1996-98 to accelerate the execution of irrigation projects. As of June 2013, there were 601 ongoing irrigation projects being implemented by the five Irrigation Development Corporations. Maharashtra has carried out a number of reforms in the management of water and is the first State to initiate water audit and benchmarking of irrigation projects. The issue of the State Water Policy 2003, the enactment of the Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority Act, 2005 and Maharashtra Management of Irrigation Systems by Farmers Act, 2005 were other water reforms initiated by Government of Maharashtra. As of June 2011, irrigation potential of 48.26 lakh hectare has been created by the Water Resources Department through 3,712 completed and ongoing projects.