While the overall rain deficit for the region stands at 19 per cent, the district administration in Beed, Latur, Parbhani and Osmanabad, with deficits ranging from 20 per cent to 33 per cent, are anticipating an acute scarcity of water from December onwards.
Dulari Gupte Qureshi has penned several books and articles on the historical significance of the region’s monuments. In an interview with The Indian Express, she says some of Mumbai's heritage is unknown to most.
Last month, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change told the court that while the Dahanu Taluka Environment Protection Authority was established in 1996, its functions could now be carried out by various other statutory authorities established since.
Having recorded less than 150 mm of rain since June, the mood in these 50 to 70 villages scattered around Beed district’s Georai and Kaij talukas is dark, clouded by the fear that they are moving from one drought to the next.
The letter asks if better water distribution among Marathwada’s eight districts is realistically possible until water in Nashik’s dams and elsewhere that is reserved for Marathwada is actually conveyed to the region.
The MMR, which sprawls over more than 10 times the geographical area of Mumbai, is dotted by semi-rural areas and municipalities that sometimes serve as dormitory townships for India’s financial capital.
If a Mithi river in spate caused much of the havoc on July 26, 2005, when a cloudburst led to 944 mm of rain in Mumbai within a span of 24 hours, likewise, the overflowing Ulhas river is responsible for parts of Ulhasnagar being severely inundated on Friday evening and Saturday.
Born in Nandre village in Sangli, Dhale had moved to Mumbai along with his uncle and aunt after he lost his parents at a young age. He studied at the Maratha Mandir High School and lived at the BDD Chawls in Worli.
Of 481 revenue circles in Marathwada’s 86 talukas, villages in at least 124 circles have recorded less than 100 mm of rain since the start of the season, according to data from the state agriculture department.
On February 13, the SC had ordered the eviction of lakhs of tribals and other traditional forest dwellers whose claims under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, had been rejected following a three-tier process.