MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ING A DROUGHT

The Marath­wada re­gion is again bat­tling a wa­ter cri­sis—and it’s man-made

India Today - - STATES - By Ki­ran D. Tare

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

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