Water problem is main issue in Maharashtra, says Gadkari

Union minister Nitin Gadkari said shortage of water is the main problem in Maharashtra, but the issue is being addressed by the state and central governments.

Both governments are doing a considerable amount of work to address this problem by increasing irrigation potential and stop farmer suicides in drought-prone areas, he said.

Gadkari was addressing the gathering at a joint meeting the BJP and the Shiv-Sena, who have stitched a pre- poll alliance in Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha elections.

He said in a democracy, elections are an opportunity for the ruling dispensation to tell citizens c whether it has fulfilled the assurances made to them.

"The BJP-Shiv-Sena alliance under the leadership of CM Devendra Fadnavis has done a wonderful work in Maharashtra.

The biggest problem of Maharashtra is its water problem.

"We had consistently fought on the issue of irrigation inside and outside the Vidhan Sabha.

"I feel happy to tell that the irrigation potential of Maharashtra has increased from 18-20per cent to 48-50 per cent due to the efforts of the Fadnavis government," he said.