Cut in water release for M’wada dam irks activists

  • | Friday | 1st December, 2023

Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: Water rights activist Abhijeet Dhanorkar criticized the GMIDC for reducing the amount of water released for the Jayakwadi dam.The GMIDC should have consulted stakeholders from Marathwada and received an approval from the state water regulator before reducing the water share. We condemn this unilateral decision, he said.Kisan Sabha leader Rajan Kshirsagar, who was fighting for the water release for Marathwada, said the decision to curtail the quantum of water might be taken under political pressure from Ahmednagar and Nashik. "The GMIDC already succumbed to political pressure by delaying the water release. It must not pay heed to political voices," he saidThe Jayakwadi major irrigation project will receive 0.76 TMC of water less from the earlier sanctioned quota of 8.6 TMC of water from upstream dams in Nashik and Ahmednagar districts. The Godavari Marathwada Irrigation Development Corporation (GMIDC) decided to reduce the water release over a possible decline in the water transition losses due to the latest unseasonal showers.Earlier, when water was released for Jayakwadi dam, a 30% transition loss was considered. The losses are now considered 25% due to the rains, said Santosh Tirmanwar, executive director of GMIDC.According to the GMIDC, over 70% of the stipulated quota of water meant for Marathwada has been released from upstream areas.Nathsagar, the reservoir of Jayakwadi dam, was showing nearly 44% live storage by Thursday morning. We also published the following articles recently1000 cusecs water released from ChembarambakkamThe State Water Resources Department (WRD) has decided to release surplus water from the Chembarambakkam reservoir due to the steady increase in the inflow of water. The reservoir currently has over 3,215 million cubic feet of water and the decision to increase the release from 200 cusecs to 1,000 cusecs was made as a precautionary measure for the forecasted heavy rains. Releasing the surplus water in advance will help prevent flooding in low-lying areas.Farmers stall grievance meet seeking water for irrigationFarmers in Madurai demand water for irrigation in single crop areas between Kallanthiri to Melur and Thirumangalam canal command area. They refuse to cooperate with officials due to the absence of Madurai collector M S Sangeetha. The government released water for double crop areas but farmers in single crop area and Thirumangalam demand their share of water. The government orders release of water for single crop and Thirumangalam canal areas for ten days. Farmers stage a protest and allege political interest in water release.Tamil Nadu rain: Release of surplus water from Chembarambakkam and Red Hills reservoirs increased following heavy rainfallThe Water Resources Department increased the release of surplus water from Chembarambakkam and Red Hills Reservoirs due to steady rain in the catchment areas. The inflow to Chembarambakkam Reservoir rose from 514 to 3,098 cusecs and to 500 cusecs in the Red Hills Reservoir. The department will decide whether to further increase or reduce the release based on rainfall. Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur district administrations have advised residents in low-lying areas near water bodies to relocate.

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