India: Maharashtra state cabinet cancels 95 irrigation projects

The irrigation projects, commissioned during Pawar's tenure, run into billions of dollars. Photograph:( WION )

WION Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Aug 30, 2016, 10.09 AM (IST)
India's western state of Maharashtra witnessed a major development in its four-year-old irrigation scam as the state cabinet today cancelled 95 irrigation projects commissioned by the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance that ruled the state up to October 2014.

The projects, running into billions of dollars, were mostly sanctioned during the tenure of former state irrigation minister Ajit Pawar.

Pawar has been accused of corruption on several occasions by the ruling government in
the recent past.