28 pc live water stock remains in 804 dams of Marathwada region
The live water storage level in all 804 dams of Marathwada has depleted to about 28 per cent of their total capacity due to the searing heat sweeping across the backward region.
According to the sources in water resources department, due to the rising mercury in the region, water level has gone down significantly in all water reservoirs and some of them are nearly empty.
At present, 2138 Mcum live water stock of total capacity of 7601 Mcum, that is 28 per cent, remains in these dams. It was comparatively better than the last year's seven per cent, they said.
There are 11 major reservoirs in the region with the live water stock of 1540 Mcum, out of total capacity of 5142 Mcum, that is 30 per cent.
Out of 11 major dams under the Aurangabad division, three dams -- Manjara in Beed district, Nimma Terna and Sina Kolegaon in Osmanabad district -- are virtually empty.
The Jayakwadi dam at Paithan in this district, known as lifeline of the Marathwada, has only 12 per cent of live water stock.
In 75 medium irrigation projects with a combined capacity of 935 Mcum, there is only 274 Mcum live water stock, that is 29 per cent.
While in 718 minor projects with a combined capacity of 1524 Mcum, only 324 Mcum water remains, that is 21 per cent, they added.
(Posted on 02-05-2014)