MUMBAI: After drought, the Marathwada region in Maharashtra is experiencing floods. According to government sources, nearly 50 per cent of kharif crop has been washed away. “Marathwada, which was reeling under a drought, received good rains throughout this season and we were expecting a good yield. However, heavy rains in the past three days have destroyed crops in all eight districts of Marathwada, including Osmanabad and Hingoli districts. As per reports received till Monday morning, over 1.4 million hectares of crops are affected,” Agriculture Minister, Pandurang Fundkar told Express.
“Cotton and soybeans are the two cash crops that have received the maximum damage,” he said, adding, “but, the rains have filled all the reservoirs to the brim and that will help the rabi crop”.
The State cabinet, which is to meet in Aurangabad on Tuesday, was to discuss some 40 proposals of pending development projects in Marathwada including the development of the ‘water grid’ system, on the lines of Telangana, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, to overcome scarcity of drinking water and the development of second and third phase of Delhi-Mumbai Industrial corridor.
However, the State cabinet is likely to announce several short and long-term flood-relief measures instead of announcing the development projects.