ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Godavari Basin Water Resources Draft Final Plan

The article comments on the Maharashtra government's Department of Water Resources Draft Godavari Basin Water Resources Plan from the perspective of the Vidarbha region.

The author thanks the anonymous referee for making valuable suggestions.

The water resources department (WRD), Government of Maharashtra has published the Prarup Masuda Godavari Khore Jala Sampatti Arakhada (Draft Godavari Basin Water Resources Plan [henceforth “the Plan”]) and made it available to the general public for comments on its website. The Plan is part of the overall transformations being brought about in the state’s water sector through the water sector reforms. Under the Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority Act, 2005, river basin organisations are entrusted with preparing river basin plans. The following comments on the Plan are made with reference to the Vidarbha region, which has long suffered backlogs in terms of irrigation and other development indicators.

The Plan is divided into two parts—the first provides general information, water resources development and management plans, flood control plans, water quality management plan, groundwater plan, water audits for surface and groundwater, and recommendations for future use for the whole Godavari Basin as well as for each of the 30 sub-basins. The second part provides a series of data-tables regarding completed, under construction, and proposed water projects (major, medium and minor), as also present and future inter-basin water diversions.

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