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Devendra Fadnavis' drought-free Maharashtra plan by 2019 comes a cropper

Second part of the series maps how over 40% talukas in the state still face water crisis


In districts like Latur, Acharya points out that water was a big issue during election campaigns

Amritha Pillay Mumbai
In April 2016, Maharashtra operated the water train to supply drinking water to drought-affected Latur. 

In the same year, the state embarked on its Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan to become drought free by 2019. Despite the ambitious plan, 40 per cent of the state is reeling from drought and its water tanker economy is booming. Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan aimed at making Maharashtra a drought-free state by deepening and widening streams as well as constructing cement and earthen stop dams, nullahs and digging farm ponds.

But, as of February 2019, the state government declared drought in 151 of the 358 talukas. In

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First Published: May 30 2019 | 1:16 AM IST

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