Jayakwadi Dam stocks 65 pc water, yet Marathwada stays parched

Jayakwadi Dam stocks 65 pc water, yet Marathwada stays parched

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Aurangabad, Aug 8: Water level at Jayakwadi Dam in Marathwada region has risen to 65.56 per cent from 35 in past 24 hours due to inflows from upstream dams located in Nashik and Ahmednagar districts, following heavy rain in those areas, an official from Command Area Development Authority (CADA) said on Thursday.

The source said that till Wednesday the inflow was recorded at 1.25 lakh cuses per second, which reduced a little soon after it stopped raining in Nashik districts. The dam currently have stock of 2,161.460 MCM water including 1,423.354 MCM live storage in 1515.14 feet and 461.81 meter at 0800 hours with inflow of 31,038 cuses per cent at present--enough to quench the arid Marathwada's thirst for months.

However, in the wake of weather department's latest forecast of heavy rainfall in next three days, water from Jayakwadi Dam will soon be released.

Though many cities were flooded, the Marathwada region with eight districts has remained mostly dry.

Maharashtra received 781.6 mm rainfall since June 1 compared with the normal 603.5 mm. However, Marathwada, against a normal rainfall of 352.4 mm, has received 288.2 mm. Except for Aurangabad, rainfall in all other districts in Marathwada is deficient. (UNI)