Bombay HC directs Maharashtra govt to release water into Jayakwadi dam
Bombay High Court has ordered the Maharashtra government to release water from upstream reservoirs into the Jayakwadi dam in the region.
- The Jaikawadi project is a large irrigation and multipurpose project.
- Its water is used primarily to irrigate agricultural land in the drought-prone Marathwada region of the state.
- Provides water for drinking and industrial usage to nearby towns and villages and to the municipalities and industrial areas of Aurangabad and Jalna district.
- Jayakwadi dam is located on Godavari river at the site of Jayakawadi village in Paithan taluka of Aurangabad district in Maharashtra state of India.
What is the issue?
The dam was not getting sufficient water to meet the needs of surrounding regions. According the state government it was facing ‘practical difficulties’ in conveying the water to the Jayakwadi dam and there was also low reserves in the upstream reservoirs.
After the HC order the water would be released from the Karanjwan, Gangapur, Bhandardara and Mula dams in the Nashik and Ahmednagar districts.