MANUFACTURING A DROUGHT
The Marathwada region is again battling a water crisis—and it’s man-made
It seems no lessons were learnt from the drought two years ago. Maharashtra’s Marathwada region is facing yet another water crisis and it’s again a result of woeful mismanagement of available water resources. The reservoirs at Jayakwadi, Manjra and Majalgaon—the three dams that supply water to the region—have almost no water. On September 30, Jayakwadi was at a fourth of its capacity, while the others had run dry. It’s a scary situation given that nearly two million people depend on these dams. Across the region consisting of eight districts, all available water bodies together have just 31.2 per cent water stock. This time last year, it stood at a far more reassuring 82.2 per cent.
Although Marathwada received 29 per cent deficient rainfall this year, experts say this is not the cause of the water scarcity.
DRYING UP Jayakwadi dam in Paithan; water is down to 25 per cent of capacity