Except for four districts, Maharashtra is declared as ‘Water Tanker Free’
After the successful implementation of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s Jalyukta Shivar scheme, Maharashtra has successfully managed to reach its target of being ‘tanker – free state’ even though 4 of its districts hasn’t made it to the list.
The only four districts that are still supplied tank water are Jalgaon (21 tankers), Dhule (8), Aurangabad (32) and Akola (39). “We have deployed 101 tankers across the state for supplying water to 133 villages and 21 hamlets, while last week on the same day, 93 tankers were pressed into service for 122 villages,” said a senior official.
According to the official, the BJP government launched a plan to improve the underground water level in 11,493 droughts – prone villages. Out of 4,24,967 villages, this project has been completed in 4,08,717 villages. The total cost was Rs. 6,118.34 crores. The official said “It is the most successful programme. We involved people from all walks of life, we brought in 22,04,099 hectares land under cultivation.”
Though the scheme has massively progressed, there is still an alarming decrease in dam water levels, especially in Vidarbha. “Even as summer is yet to begin, many dams in Nagpur and Amravati regions have gone dry. Immediately after the winter session, we will have to draft a comprehensive action plan for water supply for major districts in the Vidarbha region,” the official said.
The Amravati region has only 37% stock of water as compared to 71% stock it had last year on 7th December. Nagarpur went from 48% to 34%. Most areas like Akola, Amravati, Buldhana, Yavatmal, Gadchiroli, Gondia and Nagpur witnessed its lowest water dam levels. The stock in Dina dam, in Naxal- infested Gadchiroli district, has become an astonishing 0% from 45% last year and many other regions suffered low water dam levels. “In the traditionally drought-prone Marathwada, and some districts in Western Maharashtra, the water stock was better than last year, so no special measures will have to be taken” he said
December 7th last year saw the level at 74% for the state level, while this year the level has decreased 4% this year, on December 7th.