Drought in India(Maharastra, Gujrat) Essay

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A severe drought has affected almost 10,000 villages in 16 districts of Maharashtra. Tales of misery have started to trickle in. People and animal alike have to go without water; at times, for days together. The government has pressed into service 2,280 tankers in the drought-affected villages, but that isn't of much help. The water level at reservoirs is at a record low. Last three crops have been seriously impacted. With no prospects of income in the villages, many people have left home in search of jobs in cities. This threatens to stretch the already-crumbling infrastructure of cities like Mumbai and senior district officers have been asked to discourage such migration. Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has called the situation "grim", while Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has acknowledged that the central area of the state is facing a water shortage that is worse than the calamitous drought of 1972. Political parties and non-government organisations, or NGOs, in Maharashtra have blamed ineffective functioning of the water conservation projects due to the government's apathy, bureaucrats' lethargy and massive corruption. More than Rs 70,000 crore has been spent since 1999 to improve irrigation in the state, but that has led to an improvement of just 5.17 per cent - a result of blatant corruption, activists say. While the corruption charges are under investigation, it is clear that the construction of check dams, percolation tank and farm tanks has been extremely tardy. To complete the double whammy, another Rs 80,000 crore will be required to complete the stalled irrigation projects. Like in Maharashtra, some 4,000 villages in Saurashtra, another semi-arid zone, have seen scanty rainfall in recent months, especially those in the Jamnagar, Porbandar, Rajkot, Amreli, Surendranagar and Bhavnagar districts. Still, there is ample water in the

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