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Making dam water reach the Farmer -Mihir Shah

squo;t save him from suicide. Intervening in a debate in the state Assembly on July 21, 2015, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra remarked that the state has 40 per cent of the country’s large dams, “but 82 per cent area of the state is rainfed. Till the time you don’t give water to a farmer’s fields, you can’t save him from suicide. We have moved away from our vision of watershed and conservation. We did not think about

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How severe is the water crisis in Maharashtra? What measures has the government taken? -Sandeep A Ashar

kas, under 10% live storage in 13 key reservoirs. Maharashtra is facing a water emergency of unprecedented proportions. Following years of drought, the rivers’ currents have ebbed, water in dams and reservoirs has depleted and over-exploitation of groundwater has raised concerns over the long-term availability of water. With the weather department forecasting a delayed onset of monsoon, the state government has now deployed the highest ev

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Half of India faces drought with low pre-monsoon rain, heat spell

ing from dry weather conditions. However, the impact is already being felt. In Maharashtra, around 20,000 villages are facing severe drinking water crises with no water left in 35 major and medium dams. In about 1,000 small dams, the water level is less than 7.6%, according to the data released by Maharashtra water resources department on June 3. In first week of June in 2018, the average water level in

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Cane growers in Maharashtra get cold feet due to drought -Radheshyam Jadhav

of severe drought. According to government sources, cane cultivation in Marathwada will be the most affected and there would be hardly any cane for mills to start the next crushing season. Marathwada dams have just 3 per cent water and thousands of villages are dependent on water tankers. This year 47 mills crushed 167.35 lakh mt sugarcane in the Marathwada region. Please click here to read more.

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Gujarat facing massive water crisis -Mahesh Langa

-The Hindu Except the Narmada, all other waterbodies and dams have negligible water: Chief Minister With rising mercury levels and severe heatwave, Gujarat is facing a massive water crisis. The scarcity is particularly acute in the Saurashtra region, Kutch, North Gujarat and parts of tribal pockets in central and South Gujarat. More than 20 districts are severely affected as towns and villages hardly get water twice a week. In more than 50

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Only 19% water stock left in dams across Maharashtra -Shubhangi Khapre

-The Indian Express Across the state, so far 19 dams have zero water stock, including Khadakpurna and Pentakli (Buldhana); Gosikhurd (Bhandara); Dina (Gadchiroli); Bham and Punegaon (Nashik); Pimpalgaon, Ghod and Temghar (Pune); Bhima (Solapur); Kundali Tata and Lonavala Tata. Mumbai: With just 19.63 per cent water stock left in 3,267 dams across Maharashtra, industries may soon face partial cuts i

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Saurashtra woes: Policy change on check dams leads to water deficit -Shagun Kapil

-Down to Earth In the 1990s, non-profits and farmers themselves built check dams; today, the government does it, without proper research or site selection Fifty-four-year old Dineshbhai Babariya has just harvested a 20 quintal cotton crop, his second harvest in the last one year in his four bigha (1.6 acre) farm in the Jasapar village of Gujarat’s Saurashtra region. August 2018 was the last time the village in Rajkot district received

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In drought-hit Marathwada, villagers depend on tankers for water, farmers cut down fruit trees -Meena Menon

leaks in a pipeline from the Jayakwadi dam to Jalna, in defiance. Water sources are running dry for the most part and tankers criss-cross the region, queueing to fill water from the few remaining dams that have water. The browning of Marathwada has been underway since many years and the situation can only get worse this summer. The situation is compounded by the proliferation of sugarcane cultivation in the region, which has also suffered due to p

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In Marathwada the queues are for collecting water during this election season -Meena Menon

a pipeline that runs from the Jayakwadi dam to Jalna, in defiance. Water sources are running dry for the most part and tankers crisscross the region, queueing to fill water from the few remaining dams which have storage. The browning of Marathwada has been underway since many years and the situation can only get worse this summer. The situation is compounded by the proliferation of sugarcane cultivation in the region which has also suffered due to

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How water is shaping the hustings in Maharashtra -Radheshyam Jadhav

lakh farmers in the State. The situation is worsening in the Marathwada region, where over 30 lakh people are completely dependent on tanker water with just 4 per cent capacity available available in dams in the region. Per government data, 1,796 tankers are currently plying in the Marathwada region. In Khamaswadi village in the drought-hit Osmanabad taluka, women have insisted that local politicians must first make arrangements for water and only

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