Maharashtra has only 17 per cent water stock in dams
Reservoirs in Maharashtra have only 17% of water stock left while those in Marathwada region, reeling under severe drought, have only 5% of usable water left.
All projects, including major, medium and small-size dams, have only 17% or 6,389 million cubic metres of water as on May 20, according to a release by the Chief Minister's Officer (CMO).
As far as Marathwada region is concerned, the current stock in all reservoirs is 401 million cubic metres which is a meagre five per cent of the total storage capacity.
The release revealed that the water levels are fast depleting in the parches state. "Water stock in all dams in Marathwada region has fallen to five per cent (of total storage capacity) compared to 29 per cent in 2011 and 8 per cent last year", according to the release.
Marathwada region, comprising eight districts including Aurangabad, Nanded, Latur, Jalna, Beed, Parbhani, Osmanabad, and Hingoli, has 803 major, medium and small sized dams.
In the coastal Konkan region, the available water stock is 37 per cent compared to 39 per cent in 2011 as on May 20. Water stocks in Pune in western Maharashtra and Nashik in northern region, dipped sharply to 14 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, compared to 2011 and 2012.