With summer in full swing, the drought situation in Maharashtra has only gotten worse.The drought has affected around 21,000 villages across the state as water in different dams have dried up very fast. Meanwhile, the locals are forced to depend on the tankers for their drinking needs. In Central Maharashtra, the Marathwada region is the worst affected. With the monsoon just around the corner, there seems no respite in sight.
Marathwada is facing its fourth drought since 2014. With only 21 per cent of live water storage available in the dams, the drought has affected nearly 12,000 villages.
Reportedly, the nine major reservoirs in Marathwada have just 0.7 per cent water stock left.These reservoirs are- Paithan, Manjara, Yeldari, Siddeshwar, Majalgaon, Lower Terna, Lower Manar, Sina Kolegaon and Lower Dudhana.
Of the nine, eight reservoirs do not have sufficient stock. Jayakwadi is the biggest reservoir. The water from this reservoir is mainly used to irrigate farm land in the drought-prone Marathwada region.
The state government has deployed over 5000 tankers, out of which nearly 2,000 are deployed every day to fulfill drinking water needs in the nearby villages of Marathwada. Over 1,000 tankers have been deployed in Aurangabad, 830 in Beed and 771 in Ahmednagar respectively.
On Wednesday, The Chief Minister,Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, visited Aurangabad and Jalna districts, where he took stock of the drought conditions. He ordered officials to take the immediate steps to address drought conditions within 48 hours.