Opposition raises questions over success of Jalyukta Shivar scheme in Maharashtra

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led State government has come under the scanner for the efficiency of its flagship Jalyukta Shivar scheme with the Opposition claiming that despite higher percentage of rainfall in 2018, in comparison with the previous years, the number of water tankers currently deployed has increased. In 2014, Maharashtra received 70.2% rainfall and total number of tankers deployed in the week beginning November 17, 2014, was 71. In 2015, the state received 59.4% rainfall and as per the data from Water Supplies and Sanitation department the number of tankers deployed in the corresponding week was 693. The implementation of the Jalyukta Shivar gained momentum after that. In 2018, the State has received total rainfall of 74.4% but as of November 17, 2018 the total number of tankers used stands at 715. “These numbers raise a serious question over theJalyukta Shivar scheme, for which the government has been claiming a grand success. The scheme is aimed at storing water at the village level and increasing ground water content. If those aims are fulfilled, why is the number of tankers being deployed in the state is increasing?” asked Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant. He said that the government has spent over ₹7,000 crore on the scheme.“If the scheme is not turning out to be useful then inquiry must be held on the quality of work. Where has the money gone? There should be a judicial inquiry into this scam,” he said. Replying to the allegations, BJP said that the Congress is misleading the people and should instead look at the number of tankers from May, as it is the month with the highest scarcity of water. Party spokesperson Keshav Upadhye said the number of tankers used in October-November can vary as many places in the State get retreating monsoon showers. “During Congress rule in 2013, a total of 2,322 tankers were used in May despite 109% rainfall. On the contrary in 2017, despite 84% rainfall only 1,047 tankers were deployed. Congress leaders should check their facts instead of making baseless allegations,” he said.last_img

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