Water release to Jayakwadi dam continues on day four

  • | Tuesday | 28th November, 2023

Nashik: The release of water from reservoirs in Nashik district into Jayakwadi dam in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar in Marathwada region continued on the fourth day on Monday, an official said.He said that 15,061 cusec (cubic foot per second) of water was released from Nandur-Madhyameshwar reservoir near Niphad. As part of this process, 192 cusecs of water was released at 11pm on November 24 from Darna Dam near Igatpuri here, the irrigation department official said.On November 25, another 192 cusec of water was released into Jayakwadi Dam from Darna.On Sunday, water was released from Darna, Gangapur, Kadwa and Mukne dams as well as Nandur-Madhyameshwar reservoir, he informed.Incidentally, some outfits and political leaders in Nashik have opposed the release of water to Jayakwadi, claiming the district did not get sufficient rains this monsoon. Some of them approached courts to stop this release, but in vain.Jayakwadi dam is a multi-purpose project on Godavari river that supplies water for irrigation in several districts of parched Marathwada as well as for drinking and industrial usage in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar and Jalna.Marathwada outfit MJVP hails moveMeanwhile, the Marathwada Janata Vikas Parishad (MJVP) has lauded the state governments initiative to divert excess water from the Upper Godavari Basin into Jayakwadi.In a meeting held in Latur on Sunday, the MJVP also said there was need to divert 67 TMC (thousand million cubic feet) of excess water from Vidarbha, Konkan, west and north Maharashtra to Marathwada.In a resolution, it said the water issue of parched Marathwada must be resolved permanently. It also said statutory development boards like the Marathwaada Vaidhanik Vikas Mahamandal must be reconstituted. PTIWe also published the following articles recentlyMarathwada raises pitch for water releasePoliticians, farmers, and water rights activists staged a joint protest in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar against the delay in releasing water from Nashik and Ahmednagar to the Jayakwadi dam. The Godavari Marathwada Irrigation Development Corporation ordered the release of water, but it was blocked by legal hurdles created by sugar mills. The activists accused the state government of suppressing Marathwadas demand for water. Aam Aadmi Party members also staged an agitation in Nashik, demanding immediate water release for Jayakwadi dam.SC to hear Jayakwadi water release case after HC verdictThe Supreme Court heard a special leave petition regarding the release of water from upstream dams to the Jayakwadi reservoir. The SC has not issued a stay on water release, but instead deferred the decision to the Bombay HC. The GMIDC officials stated that there is no legal hurdle to release the water and it will be initiated after approval from the state government. In Nashik, farmers protested against the release of water from Nashik, stating that Jayakwadi has a large dead stock that can be used for drinking purposes.Cauvery panel directs Karnataka to release 3216 cusecs water every day to Tamil Nadu for next 38 daysThe Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) recommended the release of 3216 cusecs water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu for 38 days starting November 24, 2023. Karnataka needs to ensure stipulated quantities of flow as per the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) award modified by the Supreme Court. Karnataka mentioned a satisfactory rainfall situation in Tamil Nadu, while Tamil Nadu demanded the release of 5000 cusecs for the next 30 days. Earlier, the CWRC directed Karnataka to release water from November 1 and 15, 2023, and the governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have been in a tussle over the sharing of Cauvery waters.

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