The Maharashtra Economic Development Council (MEDC) has proposed to conduct a water management project to help industries in drought-hit central Maharashtra.
The project, called Jal Swatantrya, will begin with a detailed survey of the water needs and usage patterns of the industries in the region and will later include feasible conservation techniques that can be adopted by them to sustain their businesses.
Launched by the MEDC on Friday, the project will be undertaken in collaboration with a Mumbai-based non-governmental organisation Members of Brotherhood (MOB).
“Though the struggle for drinking water is a visible effect of drought, the state’s economy will also be severely hit if industries migrate from Maharashtra to other states. This project will focus on providing solutions for industries by way of adopting long-term water conservation practices, such as rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling,” said Aria Chaini, director, MEDC youth wing.
Around 55 small-scale industries in Aurangabad district, such as beer, textile and sugar, have been identified for the first phase of the survey.
“A team will visit these industries, study their water usage patterns and gauge the intensity of the problem,” added Chaini.
The survey will be undertaken in April and May and a report on the alternative water management techniques will be presented to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in the first week of June.
Afraid that the drought could worsen as summer advances, experts have asked the government to initiate efforts for efficient planning and management of water resources.
“It is crucial that these industries are provided with the technical know-how of water conservation practices as there is a dire need to save water in these regions,” said Amit Jathar, secretary, MOB.