The state government plans to construct 1.27 lakh homes to shift people living in the flood zones of several major rivers in the state.
The cabinet sub-committee on relief and rehabilitation, which met under minister Patangrao Kadam on Tuesday, decided to put this proposal before the cabinet.
The move comes after the government's successive failure in building homes for rehabilitating people staying beyond blue-line or flood-line areas (blue-lines demarcate the boundary of the prohibitive zone along the main river bed).
The move also comes after floods devastated vast areas across the state causing 302 deaths in the past month alone.
The government will allot Rs500 crore annually for the proposed project.
Its tribal and social welfare departments will also contribute funds for the project.
Between June 1 and August 4 this year, more than 5,000 houses were completely damaged while 61,000 houses were partially damaged by floods.
Many lives were lost in eastern Vidarbha and the loss of public property was estimated at Rs367crore.
Despite repeated warnings people in many places, including Nanded and Pune, continue to live dangerously beyond flood-lines. In 2006, Nanded had suffered heavy losses in floods.
In some cases, entire villages have refused to shift to safer places. Hence the state wants to follow flood-lines closely.
“Blue-lines have been drawn in almost every region. But we couldn’t construct homes for residents because we did not have enough funds. In some cases, the people staying beyond the blue-line are not ready to shift their homes because they want to move out only during floods,” Kadam said.
The minister said other than funds from irrigation, tribal and social welfare, a budgetary allocation will also be made.