Chanda villages declared drought-hit
administration has identified 579 villages in the district as
scarcity-hit and restrictions have been imposed on digging of new
borewells, wells or tubewells in the radius of 500 metres from the
source of water, for irrigation purpose.
administration has imposed the restrictions as per the provisions
under the Maharashtra Groundwater (Monitoring for Drinking Water)
Act, 1993 and 1995, after the report was submitted by Senior
Geologist of Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA)
considering the low rainfall, water table, groundwater recharge.
The restrictions aim at securing the drinking water source, so as
to avoid the probable water scarcity.
The number of
villages declared scarcity-hit considering probable drinking water
scarcity there include 105 villages in Korpana and Jiwati tehsils,
91 in Warora, 78 in Rajura, 48 in Sindewahi, 45 in Bhadravati, 39
in Ballarpur and Chandrapur each, 35 in Chimur, 28 in Saoli, 20 in
Brahmapuri, 18 in Mul, 17 in Nagbhid, 14 in Pombhurna and 2 in
Gondpipri tehsils. Out of the total 579 villages included in the
list, 92 might face scarcity between October 1, 2004 and June
2005, followed by 224 villages that may face scarcity between
May-June 2005, and 263 that may face scarcity between April-June
In order to
ensure drinking water
availability in these villages, restrictions have been imposed on
lifting of water from private wells in watershed area if it’s
having impact on the public well in the area, digging of new well
in developed watershed area. If needed, the respective Sub
Divisional Officers have been empowered to ban the lifting of
water through private wells temporarily or even permanently, to
severe the power supply, to seize the machinery, or even to seal
the wells. The concerned machinery has also been asked to take
adequate measures in order to combat the probably water scarcity.
bandh evokes mixed response
called on Friday by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal
supported by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena (SS)
received mixed response in the region. The call was given to
protest the arrest of Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamkothi Peeeth
Life was almost
normal towards evening. However, VHP has claimed that its call got
an overwhelming response.
bandh evoked hardly any in city as the markets remained open
throughout the day even as police arrested VHP and Bajrang Dal
workers who were trying to force the shop owners to bring down the
activists were rounded up by police including BJP’s City General
Secretary Prashant Mahajan, Kiran Paturkar, Nivedita Dighade,
Gaurishankar Kesharwani, Tulsiseth Harwani, Devanand
Deshmukh,Ambadas Kathole, Sunil Sahu, Surendra Bhurange, Ravi
Dhote, Prakash Tetu, Vijay Deshpande,Vijaykrishna Maharaj, Ashok
Joshi and many others. They were taken to police head quarters and
Akola Correspondent Adds: The bandh received mixed response in
had given support to the bandh. Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce and
Industries (VCCI), Grain Merchants’ Association, Sarafa
Association, Petrol Dealers’ Association, Cine Owners’
Association, Chemists and Druggist Association, APMC Sangh, New
Cloth Market Association had extended support to bandh.
Workers of VHP,
Bajrang Dal, RSS staged demonstrations in different parts of city.
Giriraj Tiwari, Kamalkishor Baheti led the agitating activists.
police arrested Amol Mulmule, Vivek Kulkarni, Manoj Mandhane,
Dipak Tiwari, Amol Deshmukh, and Mangal Pande during the
demonstrations. They were later released.
bandh call evoked good response here. Barring a few medical
stores, markets remained closed. In the afternoon, a morcha was
taken out from Dutt Chowk. The morcha was led by Kamal Jaiswal,
district VHP president, Haribhau Rathod, MP, and Shankarlal
Kothari. The morcha passed through different parts of the town to
culminate into a meeting at the collectorate. Jaiswal, Rathod and
Kothari addressed the meeting. Later, a delegation led by the trio
called on the district collector and submitted a memorandum to
out from collector’s office, Jaiswal poured kerosene on self and
attempted to set self ablaze. Timely intervention by police
averted an untoward incident. Shocked police caught Jaiswal as
well as a youth with kerosene container. However, the duo was
bandh evoked mixed response in the town. Many commercial
establishments remained closed while some educational institutions
declared a holiday. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Bharatiya
Janata Yuwa Morcha (BJYM), Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena, Vande Mataram
Mandal, local unit of Chhawa Sanghatana, Hindu Mahasabha and
Maharashtra Rajya Dhangar Samaj Mahasangh had also announced
support to bandh.
Response to the bandh was mixed in the town. Cloth market,
wholesale medicine market, electronic market, grocery market,
vegetable market and fruit market remained closed on Friday. Government offices and banks functioned as usual while retail medical shops remained open.
VHP and Bajrang
Dal activists led by district Bajrang Dal chief Devesh Mishra were
seen moving in market area urging the shop owners to support bandh.
The bandh was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from
the town. Tight police bandobast was maintained under the guidance
of Anoopkumar, District Superintendent of Police,
and Sunil Jaiswal, city
Bandh was total in Gadchiroli. All shops except medical stores
remained closed. Owners of even footpath shops as well as
paan and tea stalls downed their shutters. However,
government offices functioned as usual.
BJP workers led
by MLA Ashok Nete moved through different parts of the city since
Friday morning appealing the owners of commercial establishments
to down their shutters. Business establishments responded to the
appeal favourably. Later, the workers organised a public meeting
at local Indira square and various leaders including Nete
addressed the meeting. Nete strongly condemned the Tamilnadu
government for arresting Kanchi Seer Jayendra Saraswati and
demanded his immediate release. Tamilnadu government has insulted
all the Hindus by arresting the Seer, Nete remarked. Pramod Pipre,
Hemant Jambewar, Sharad Sontakke and others were active in making
bandh a success.
in for worst ever water crisis
region is in the throes of perhaps the most serious water crisis
in almost two decades. The crisis in November 2004 is set to
snowball into a catastrophe in as early as February 2005,
according to the government data. Availability of water in 14
major dams in the division averages a serious 15 per cent only,
the lowest in last 15 years. The percentage is 20 in 344 medium
and minor dams in the division. Overall situation in the Amravati
division is somewhat better. Water availability in 6 major dams
averages 50.11 per cent and 21.23 in 314 medium and minor dams.
figures aren’t alarming enough, consider this--the city of Akola
in Amravati division gets potable water only once in five days.
The irrigation department had
to stop supply of water to farmers in both the divisions. However,
industries are getting water.
in both the divisions has acknowledged the crisis. Dr Shailesh
Kumar Sharma, Commissioner, Nagpur Division, told The Hitavada
that the crop survey carried out by the Commissionerate, details
of which have been made public, portrays a grim picture. “But
there is no need to panic. This is only the initial crop survey.
The final figures would be available only by January 15 in the
conclusive Anewari survey. We are seeking information from
district collectorates and emergency measures would soon follow.
But the official line of action over the crisis would be declared
only after January 15,” Dr Sharma said.
Amravati Division counterpart cannot wait till January 15.
Amravati Division is one of two worst-hit divisions in the state,
the other being Aurangabad. N Arumugam, Commissioner, Amravati
Division, told The Hitavada that emergency measures have already
been set afoot. “We have got two new water supply
schemes sanctioned for Akola city. These schemes will cost
around Rs 14 crore of which the government has released Rs 4.5
crore. The Division also has an allocation of Rs 14 crore for
water supply through tanker,” Arumugam said. The Commissioner
said 89 villages in the Division are already receiving water
supply through tankers. Situation is better in Amravati city only,
which receives water from the Upper Wardha Dam which has 79.54 per
cent of its storage capacity. But the crisis has broken out in the
districts of Akola, Yavatmal, Washim, and Buldana. In the Nagpur
division, the biggest dam of Totladoh has only 11 per cent of its
storage capacity of water. This portends a real trouble for the
city of Nagpur which receives water from this dam. Dr Sharma said
situation could be worse in Gondia district. The district has four
of the 14 major dams in the division. The biggest Itiyadoh dam has
only 4 per cent of its storage capacity while Sirpur and
Pujaritola dams have virtually dried up. The lone Dina dam in
Gadchiroli district has also gone dry.
administration attributes the crisis to a deficient rainfall.
“Low rainfall has caused the crisis. Irony is that the Amravati
division did receive 70 per cent of its average rainfall but
ground water situation did not improve because we don’t have
rainwater recharging infrastructure in place. Akola city received
47 per cent rainfall but entire rainwater literally went down the
drain. Situation is quite similar in Yavatmal city and
district,” Arumugam said.
According to a
survey carried out by Ground Water Survey and Development Agency,
situation is set to worsen in summer when 48 out of 56 tehsils
from five districts of Amravati division and 17 out of 62 tehsils
from the six districts of Nagpur Division will
face severe drought.
forces 2 more farmers to end life
debt-ridden farmers of the district committed suicides, recently.
the information gathered, Deorao Nagram Chavan (45), a resident of
Manjarkheda in Chandur Railway tehsil consumed poison in his farm
on Mon-day morning to end his life.
An owner of
three acres of cultivable land, Chavan was in a private debt of
nearly Rs 50,000 to 60,000 which he took for resowing. He was also
worried about the marriages and education of four daughters and
On Monday, he
reached his farm with his younger daughter Sonali and consumed
poison there. When he started vomiting, his daughter rushed home
and informed her mother but Chavan breathed his last before any
help could reach him. Police performed the panchanama and
registered a case of casual death. Tehsildar Dhurve also called on
the bereaved family and consoled the members.
In yet another
incident, Raju Puneshwar Gajbhiye (35) of village Malatpur near
Talegaon Dashasar in Dhamangaon tehsil consumed poison at his
home. Married only a couple of years ago. Raju used to look after
the two-acre farm of his father. He had took a loan from private
money-lender for sowing. But when he realised that he would not be
in a position to repay the loan after watching the condition of
the crop, Raju consumed poison at his home on Monday morning,
putting the entire village under gloom.
to use garbage for manufacturing fertilizers
disposal has become a necessity and all possible methods of
getting rid of the waste or re-using it are being explored.
In a step
towards this direction, Bharatiya Agro Industries Federation (BAIF)
is all set to take the initiative for production of fertilizers
will be launched in association with Environment Ministry of Union
government in three states including Maharashtra.
A workshop was
held at the office of Vanrai Mitra Mandal on Monday where the
outline of the project was laid in front of the representatives of
various social institutions to seek their participation in this
Dr Nitin Konde,
the Project officer of BAIF, informed the participants about the
project. Representatives from five districts of Amravati division
were present at the workshop.
Dr Konde told
that about 650 institutions have come together under one roof
under the ‘Jal Jeewan Amrut’ campaign of the BAIF. Garbage
disposal will be the next project of BAIF. He said that the civic
bodies have made arrangements for garbage collection and disposal
but the process to be implemented by BAIF would be different.
does not involve use of containers or trucks. Under the National
Environment Awareness Campaign the project is being launched in
Maharashtra, Goa and Dadra-Nagar Haveli. He said proposals are
invited from social institutions.
be scrutinized at Pune and then sent to Delhi. The selected
institutions will be provided an amount of Rs 5 thousand to Rs 25
Kalyan Sanstha, Vanmitra Gram Vidnyan Pratishthan, Sant Gadgebaba
Bahuuddeshiya Gramin Vikas Sanstha, Jaidurga Seva Samiti, Vanrai,
Jeevak Ayurvedic Prasarak Mandal, Sanjevani Mahila Sanstha,
Ambedkari Prerana Manch, Global Social Institute, Vasantbaba
Vyayam Krida Mandal, Krantisurya Shikshan Sanstha, Govindprabhu
Bahuuddeshiya Sanstha, Eco Club, Gramin Vikas Sanstha, Manjari
Mhasla, Matoshri Sarubai Mahila Mandal took part in the workshop.
of the project will start between February 1, 2005 and March 15,
2005 after considering all the proposals.