04 JUN,2019 | MEDC
The pre-monsoon rains (between March and May) have been deficient by 23% across the country. Nearly two-thirds of the country’s area has recorded either deficient or highly deficient rainfall. It is the most serious failure of pre-monsoon rains in the past six years. The southern states, with 49% deficient rainfall in this period, have fared the worst. However, Maharashtra is also not far behind. Even if the hinterland receives an adequate rainfall, without proper water management and irrigation techniques, including efficient methods to replenish groundwater levels, Maharashtra’s agricultural sector will continue to reel under water scarcity. Despite the ambitious plans of the state government, almost 40% of Maharashtra remains prone to drought with a booming water tanker economy. The regular occurrence of this does not bode well for the state’s development.
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