SAO seeks to release water into Godavari river

SAO seeks to release water into Godavari river

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Aurangabad (Maharashtra), Aug 10 : Shetkari Annadata Organisation (SAO) on Saturday said that irrigation department should release water into let canal as well as basin of Godavari river from Jayakwadi dam as it crossed its level of 75 per cent.

At present the Jayakwadi dam has crossed its level of 75 per cent and flooded water from upstream dams of Nashik and Ahmedngar still continue to reach here and IMD has a forecast of heavy rain in the catchment areas of upstream dam, SAO president, Jayaji Suryawanshi.

He said that as Marathwada region was still facing shortage of water due to shortfall of rains the irrigation department should release water into river Godavari and right canal which passing through Jalna, Parbhani and Nanded district, to meet their water requirements. If the water was released into the river Godavari, at least 15 weirs, which were running dry, may fill up and water shortage would be over, he further said.
He stated that in 2006, when the flood water was released in large quantities, at least 300 villages were marooned due to flood water. To avoid this irrigation department should start to release water immediately else, SAO would reach the dam to release the water, he warned.

''I already met to the Divisional Commissioner Sunil Kendrekar and district collector Uday Chaudhari and requested them to release water, but no action was taken'', he alleged. Meanwhile, the authority had started releasing water of 400 cusecs per second to Majalgaon dam in Beed district through right canal since Friday. The Jaywakwadi dam was maintaining its level of 75.52 per cent with total water 2377.635 MCM including dead storage in which 1639.529 MCM, only left five feet height to fill up 100 per cent. The water inflow still 31427 cusses per second arriving from Nashik and Ahmednagar districts where all the dams were overflowing , the Command Area Development Authority(CADA) sources said. (UNI)