EGoM may meet next week to discuss Maharashtra drought

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 28 2013, 09:04am hrs
The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on drought, headed by agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, is likely to meet next week to consider financial aid to drought-hit Maharashtra.

Maharashtra is witnessing drought during the current rabi (winter) season, and this drought spell was preceded by drought during rabi 2011-12 and kharif-2012.

An inter-ministerial central team (IMCT) is currently visiting Maharashtra to assess the drought situation in the state. The team, whose assessment will be placed before the EGoM for effective management of drought and related issues, is likely to meet next week, an official statement said.

Deficit rainfall in western Maharashtra and Marathwada throughout the 2012 monsoon resulted in less availability of soil moisture and water for irrigation.

Poor rainfall has affected storage in all the irrigation projects in the drought-affected region. Water storage in all dams has rapidly depleted in three divisions Nashik, Pune and Au rangabad. The water storage in Jayakwadi, the biggest dam in Maharashtra, has negligible live storage.