Mumbai: Maharashtra has received a total of 65.2mm rainfall during the period ranging from June 1 to June 21 following the onset of the monsoons. The rainy season has also brought cheer to the state which was reeling under draught for two consecutive years. The volume of rainfall is around 41.7 percent for this period while last year, it was 93.1 percent.
Based on averages, the districts of Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Latur, Osmanabad, Nanded have received around 100 percent rainfall during this period while Raigad, Solapur, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Beed districts have recorded an average of 76 percent rainfall, a statement issued by the Maharashtra government, said. Rainfall in the Parbhani, Hingoli, Akola, Washim, Amravati, have received an average of 51 to 75 percent rainfall while Thane, Pune, Jalna, Buldana, Yeotmal, Wardha, Gondia, Gadhchiroli districts have recorded between 26 and 50 percent rainfall during the beginning of this year’s monsoon season. The lowest record of between zero and 25 percent was received in Palghar, Nashik, Dhule, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Bhandara and Chandrapur districts- which rank as some of the main agricultural areas of the state.
The state government said, planting of Khareef crop seeds were in progress in Nashik, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Latur and Amravati regions and heavier rains were expected here. Expressing concern, the statement said, only about nine percent of water reserves were now remaining in the state as of June 21 while last year, reserves stood at over 17 percent. The volume of water remaining in Marathwada reservoirs was a precarious one percent while in Konkan it was around 28 percent, Nagpur at 16 percent, Amravati 10 percent, Nashik 15 percent and Pune seven percent only.
To counter the ongoing scarcity of potable water, the state government and local administration was providing the commodity by tankers to 4,982 villages and 7,862 hamlets. Of these, 2,935 villages and 977 hamlets were in Marathwada region alone which are being serviced by 3,968 tankers this year as compared to the 1,999 tankers deployed in 2015.
Under the Maharashtra State Workers’ Employment Guarantee Scheme, some 690, 925 laborers were working on over 40,443 projects in the state while over 417, 147 projects are on the backburner. These pending projects can employ a total of 1241.15 lakh workers, it added.