Chavan set to tour Marathwada

CM Prithviraj Chavan will soon undertake a tour of drought-hit Marathawda — the dates are being worked out. He is expected to visit Osmanabad and Beed districts.

On the itinerary will be Ambi in Osmanabad and three villages in Beed district.

CM is subsequently expected to hold a meeting with senior officials in Aurangabad to discuss ways to tackle the severe drought situation in the region.

Marathwada has historically been drought-prone. However, problems have magnified this year due to a severe dip in rainfall.

Last year, the state deployed only two tankers for water supply to two villages in the eight districts of Marathwada. This year, however, the number has shot up to 704 tankers which are supplying water to 504 villages and 107 hamlets. In Aurangabad alone, 201 tankers have been deployed and 171 in Jalna. The number of tankers deployed in Osmanabad is 153, in Beed 141 and 40 in Nanded.

The average water stock in the 2,468 irrigation projects in the state stands at 44%. Marathwada has the least stock of 15 per cent compared to 39 per cent last year. Ironically, the region has the second-largest number of dams in the state.

Water situation

Marathwada comprising eight districts is known as the dust bowl of Maharashtra due to its history of water scarcity

Of the 2,452 dams in the state, 803 are in Marathwada, but water storage in the region has not improved

Reasons for woes

Inadequate rainfall

Badly planned and designed water storage projects

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