Grim situation in Marathwada

Aurangabad, Oct 17 (UNI) Around 172 talukas in Maharashtra are facing drought due to less rainfall this year, worsening the condition of farmers, who were already reeling under stress in Maharashtra.

This year monsoon failed to struck the Marathwada region as well as the parts of state as the present live water storage situation in dams is not satisfactory showing combine 26.89 percent average live water storage only as compared to 78 percent of last year. There are 867 water dams, including major, medium, minor and KT weirs situated in the backward Marathwada region which was comprising eight district presently Eight districts of Marathwada, which includes Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed, Latur, Osmanabad, Parbhani, Nanded and Hingoli, and four districts of Northern Maharashtra —Nashik, Jalgaon, Dhule and Nandurbar— have received deficient rains which caused a lot of scarcity of water in the region. 

A senior state government official from revenue department said, “We had asked National Centre for Crop Forecasting to conduct survey of 201 talukas where less than 75% rain was received between June and September through satellite. The report stated that situation in 172 talukas is grim.” Mumbai mirror stated. This year rain started in July and again experienced two major dry spell in the months of July-August and August-September resulting scarcity like situation prevailed in more than 200 talukas
across the state.

According to the latest statistic showing by the water resources departments stated that, due to the scanty rainfall during the monsoon period and the return monsoon also failed to lash most of the dams could not filled up considerably and remained dried. Even Konkan region, which receives highest rainfall, has not seen a good monsoon after July, said the revenue department official.

Barring Pune division — which comprises districts like Pune, Solapur, Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli — and Konkan division — which includes Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg — the entire Maharashtra is facing water scarcity. 

Meanwhile, Opposition leaders Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and Dhananjay Munde are stepping pressure on the Devendra Fadnavis-led government in the state to declare drought at the earliest in the areas and issue loan waiver to farmers.