AT A time when the state government is battling floods in western Maharashtra and the Konkan region, the drought-prone parts of Vidarbha and Marathwada are still waiting for rain. On Sunday, the water level in dams in these two regions were the lowest compared to the rest of Maharashtra, with several at zero level.
Water level at 446 dams in Amravati division in Vidarbha is the lowest at 23.63 per cent. In Marathwada’s Aurangabad division, 964 dams have only 26.8 per cent water.
Among the worst-hit districts in Marathwada region are Beed, Hingoli, Osmanabad, Parbhani. Among the dams where water level is zero are Manjara, Majalgaon, Yeldhari, Siddheshwar, Lower Terna, Sina Kolegaon and Lower Dudhna.
In Vidarbha, Dina dam in Gadchiroli and Khadadpurna in Buldhana have no water. Totladoh in Nagpur has a negligible 1.2 per cent of water.
Incessant rain has caused flooding in Sangli and Kolhapur districts of western Maharashtra. However, at least four districts out of eight in Marathwada continue to reel under water scarcity.
Across Maharashtra, 3,267 dams have 23732.81 million cubic metres (MCM) of water. The maximum water capacity of these dams together is 40897.95 MCM. At present, the water level in dams across the state is at 58.03 per cent, which is higher than the 52.16 per cent recorded same day last year.
In Yavatmal district, the water level in Pus dam is at 20.67 per cent, followed by Bemble dam at 18.27 per cent, Isapur at 13.82 per cent and Arunavati at 11.8 per cent. Last year, the water levels in these dams were 98.65 per cent, 43.67 per cent, 41.83 per cent and 34.48 per cent, respectively.
Farmers believe that if the rain, which set in late in this district, continues past September, it might help them overcome the current water crisis.
In other areas, intense rains in August took water levels in 40 dams over 90 per cent and above, causing flooding in areas around them. The overflowing dams are Barvi, Terna, Panshet, Warana, Ujjani, Khadakwasla, Kadwas, Asolamendha and Waghad.
In Nashik’s 57 dams, the water level is at 57.59 per cent, compared to last year’s 46.49 per cent during this period. The water level in Pune division’s 726 dams is at 84.03 per cent. It has increased from last year’s 72.63 per cent. Coastal Konkan, with its 176 dams, has its water level at 85.31 per cent, marginally lower than last year’s 86.96 per cent during this period.