The good news is that storage levels in state dams have increased as on Wednesday the storage capacity increased by 29 per cent against 18 per cent last week.
"Every day, the situation is improving in all parts of the state except North Maharashtra. We hope water scarcity will end in the next few days if we continue to receive similar qunatum of rainfall each day. If the situation is grim elsewhere in the State, they can start tanker supply with the Rs 106 crore we have sanctioned to various district administrations for addressing the local level problems," said Milind Maishkar, secretary, state relief and rehabilitation department.
Patangrao Kadam, state minister for forest, said that they have asked various district administations if the dam storage level goes down below 35 per cent, then the water from such dams should be used for the drinking purposes only. "In many parts of the state, including Sangali and Kolhapur districts, dams storage level is more than 35 per cent. Water from these dams can be used for agriculture purposes too. The situation is improving everyday. Even sowing procedures have been started in the state. If the rain continues like this, then we are sure that the deficit rainfall of this year will be made up soon," said Kadam.
Nanasaheb Patil, farmer leader from Nasik, said that the rains have started, but "We missed the crucuial period for sowing. The season will be almost two months late and that will have advserse impact on production of crops. Because of that, there is huge shortage of vegetables and onion and pulses in the market that caused the surge in prices. The state governement should extend some help where the farmers were forced to sow twice because of subdued rainfall. The farmers input cost has gone up and that will be an additional burden for them," said Patil.
Data for table
According to the state government data, the Konkan region dams have got 56% storage against 72% last year at same period, Marathawada region got –15% storage this year while last year also, the same percentage of storage was there, in Nagpur region – 43% this year against 73% in 2013, Amarawati region – 28% storage this year aginst 65% last years, Nasik region – 17% against 25% last year while, Pune region– 26% this year against 55% last year at same period.
Storage capacity used this monsoon
Storage capacity used same time last year