The state is hoping that the MET department’s forecast of rains hitting Maharashtra by the end of the week comes true.
At least that is what is most needed in the water-parched state where the water reserves are only 17 per cent of the total capacity. This is three per cent above last year’s state reserves that was 14 per cent on the same day in 2009.
But a higher average means no respite to Marathwada areas where the reservoirs have just three per cent of water left as compared to eight per cent last year.
The state has 2,311 water projects with a capacity of 33,727 million cubic metres (Mcum). The actual water storage till today is 5,662 Mcum according to the latest projections by the Water Resources Department.
Last week, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said over 230 villages are facing water shortage to which 1,719 tankers are being supplied daily.
The state also had a workshop on pre-monsoon preparedness. “All the departments and officers have to be ready at all times to deal with any kind of heavy rain situations. If needed, we will take help from the army, navy and air force to deal with the crisis,” said Chavan in the workshop.