FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai : Water- crisis will be felt in the near future not just in rural areas but also in cities owing to a drought- like situation in Maharashtra, state Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has warned in his Independence Day speech after hoisting the Tricolour at Mantralaya.
Chavan, who has yet not succeeded in releasing a white- paper on irrigation, also vowed to bring a water revolution in the state and appealed to everybody to participate in it. Voicing concern over the drought- like situation in most parts of the state, he said the government has been implementing several temporary and permanent schemes to bring water revolution in the state.
” We all should pledge to conserve water by percolating it in the ground and using it carefully,” he urged. The drought- like situation is not new for the state and since the last two years, 65 talukas have been tackling it, Chavan said. He said the sowing of kharif crop has also not been satisfactory. ” At many places double- sowing would have to be done. The water stock in the dams is a meager 48 per cent,” he said. The Centre has accepted the demand of state government to incur an expenditure of upto 150 days instead of 100 days in drought affected talukas.
” 30 new works have been added to it which will benefit the state,” he said. ” We will have to complete construction of irrigation projects which are in the last phase. Irrigation projects in Vidarbha should be completed with accelerated momentum. We will encourage micro- and sprinklerbased irrigation projects.
We will launch a massive programme for strengthening and repairing of regional water supply schemes. A special programme for constructing 10,000 additional farmponds will also be launched,” the CM said while giving details of measures for the water revolution.