7 MARATH­WADA DAMS RUN DRY; EX­PERTS POINT TO FLAWED PLAN

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ke­taki Ghoge ke­taki.ghoge@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment has for decades re­lied on big dams to bring wa­ter to the state’s parched Marath­wada re­gion, but a closer look at how much wa­ter there is in the state’s ma­jor dams over the past five years tells a dif­fer­ent story — that of large ir­ri­ga­tion projects fail­ing to ad­dress the state’s scarcity woes.

Of 11 ma­jor projects in cen­tral Ma­ha­rash­tra , seven in­clud­ing Jayak­wadi, the big­gest, cur­rently have zero live wa­ter stor­age.

Live wa­ter stor­age is when wa­ter in the dam is high enough to flow out of the sluice gates. At least two of these dams, Lower Terna and Sina-Kole­gaon, have zero dead stor­age of wa­ter — when wa­ter lev­els are too low to flow out — forc­ing au­thor­i­ties to tap into sub-sur­face wa­ter be­low the dam.

The fig­ures were com­piled by the state’s wa­ter re­sources depart­ment. They show four of these dams, con­structed to sup­ply wa­ter to the worst-hit dis­tricts of Beed, Latur and Os­man­abad, have been sur­viv­ing on dead wa­ter stor­age for the past year. And, three of these, in­clud­ing Man­jra, Lower Terna and Si­naKole­gaon, have not seen live wa­ter stor­age since 2013.

An­other big dam, Ma­jal­gaon, also known as stage- I I of Jayak­wadi, has had dead wa­ter stor­age in­ter­mit­tently in 2013, 2015 and March 2016.

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