218 Drought-prone Villages Identified

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Article courtesy of TNN | October 28, 2014 | The Times of India | Shared as educational material

NASHIK: The Groundwater Survey Development Agency (GSDA) here has identified 218 villages in Nashik district that are drought-prone this year. It has also suggested measures to be taken by the Nashik zilla parishad to avoid a crisis during summer.

District water supply officer Prakash Nandanware said, “Around 74 villages of 218 are expected to face water scarcity from October to December, while 34 others are likely to face shortage in the next quarter – January to March. The remaining 110 villages may face water problems from April to June next year.”

Of the 15 talukas, Peth and Trimbakeshwar are not likely to face any problem, as they have received good rains. Baglan, however, is expected to face the most severe water scarcity, with 43 of its villages facing shortage. Deola, Nashik and Igatpuri have 6, 7, and 5 villages, respectively, which may face water issues during the summer. Last year, the agency had identified 39 such villages that were likely to face water scarcity. Nandanware said that groundwater levels have improved this time, compared to last year. “The water levels of Malegaon have increased from -3.63m to -0.23m, while in Chandwad, the level has increased from -1.28m to 1.03m and in Sinnar, it has risen from -1.34m last year to 0.96m this year,” he said.

Groundwater levels at Deola, Surgana, Trimbakeshwar, Dindori, Kalwan and Nandgaon talukas, on the other hand, have remained almost the same.

In Nashik district, five talukas – Dindori, Kalwan, Surgana, Baglan and Malegaon – have shown a drop in their groundwater levels in the range of 0-1m, while Nandgaon has shown drop of 1-2m.

Seven talukas – Deola, Trimbakeshwar, Nashik, Igatpuri, Sinnar and Yeola – have shown a rise in water levels by 0-1m while Chandwad and Peth showed a rise between 1-2 m.

Nandanware said measures like stopping excess water-lifting from areas prone to drought and disallowing additional borewells and hand-pumps to be installed will go a long way in solving the water crisis. Proper water management plans have also been suggested to help meet water needs.

“Directions have been provided to field officers regarding the same and necessary action would be taken. It has also been observed that more than the villages, hamlets suffered more water shortage and hence they would be given more attention,” the official said.

The state has also directed to implement government schemes for water and ensure water tankers are arranged.

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