A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India’s report has revealed that 313 out of the 1,332 major and medium dams in Maharashtra — roughly 23 per cent — have deficiencies that demand urgent attention.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a high-level probe and Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan, who visited the area Wednesday, announced that strict action will be initiated against officials found responsible.
If sources in the Shiv Sena are to be believed, Aaditya Thackeray played a big role in convincing @officeofUT to start tweeting. Earlier this month, Aaditya was also instrumental in launching the Shiv Sena-controlled Mumbai municipality’s Twitter account.
While Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India had previously raised audit objections in this regard, the SRA had contested these. After hearing both sides, the PAC has sided with the former, rapping the SRA for passing on undue favours to developers at the cost of larger public interest.
Maharashtra is witnessing one of its worst water emergencies in years, with the government deploying 6,597 tankers to supply water to 5,243 villages and 11,293 hamlets. SANDEEP ASHAR spends a day with MH 09A 9646 and its driver as they travel 148 km to deliver water to some of the most parched villages of Palghar district.
Record number of tankers are sole source of water in large parts of state. Behind the crisis, late monsoon following a deficit year, depleting groundwater in 279 talukas, under 10% live storage in 13 key reservoirs.
In the 1999 elections, the party had mainly ridden on the support in rural belts to come to power. Twenty years later, the NCP is still struggling to connect with the upwardly mobile voters in urban neighbourhoods.
With fresh water stock in dams fast depleting and the weather department forecasting a delayed onset of monsoon, the government’s own data reveals that residents of 4,920 villages and 10,506 hamlets are now dependent on water tankers for their daily needs, including drinking water.