Marathwada struggles for water
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With 20 per cent stock, Parli Power Plant may shut down
With only 20 per cent water stock, Marathwada, the dust bowl of Maharashtra, is in deep trouble. The government is preparing to deal with the impact of the scarcity on Parli Power Project.
Marathwada comprising eight districts is traditionally parched. To improve water availability, the government had planned most irrigation projects in the region.
Latest data, however, show Marathwada, which ironically boasts of 803 minor, medium and major dams, highest in the state, has only 20 per cent water stock.
Figures released Monday show these projects with a storage capacity of 7,583 MCLD have only 1,532 MCLD of water. The state average is 62 per cent.
The water situation in Marathwada has been deteriorating for the past few years. It had 63 per cent water stock in 2011 and 75 per cent in 2010. Meanwhile, the 1,130-MW Parli Power Plant faces threat of closure as water levels in Jaikwadi dam fast deplete.
Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited is planning to draw water from the Khadka barrage to run Parli to capacity till yearend. There is another plan to supply water by rail wagons.
"The water situation in the region is grave. We may not be able to continue providing water for generating power," said CM Prithviraj Chavan.