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Dam mismanagement worsens impact of extreme rainfall in Maharashtra

Updated : September 18, 2019 08:25 PM IST

Extreme rainfall in July and August in parts of Maharashtra led to ruinous floods that killed many and displaced half a million people. Experts say that mismanagement of water in the dams on the Krishna River worsened the impact of the heavy downpours.
Maharashtra, despite hosting a large number of big dams and irrigation projects, has a low ratio of cultivated to irrigated land. Ironically, it is battling drought in Marathwada and Vidarbha, and floods in the western parts of the state.
While there is increasing realisation that large dams and irrigation schemes are not cost-effective and do not serve the purpose for which they are built, they continue to get political patronage amid allegations of financial irregularities.
Dam mismanagement worsens impact of extreme rainfall in Maharashtra
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