Amid speculation that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led State government was considering halting ‘excess’ water supply for agriculture to the Baramati and Indapur talukas, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said any comment on the drought and water crisis must be made with extreme sensitivity.“The whole of Maharashtra is in the grip of an unprecedented water crisis. At such a time, there is a need to speak with extreme sensitivity on this issue. One must ensure there is no discrimination between different regions and talukas in the State as regards the distribution of water,” Mr. Pawar said, urging the government not to resort to politics over drought and water allocation.The NCP chief, who was on a tour of the drought-hit parts of Baramati, was responding to the rumours that State Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan was thinking of cutting the allegedly excess water supply from the Nira left bank canal to Indapur and Baramati.Mr. Mahajan has said that Baramati and Indapur — strongholds of the Pawar clan and Congress leader Harshavardhan Patil respectively — have been receiving more water than required. He implied that Mr. Pawar and his nephew, senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar, had tweaked rules to divert more water to Baramati when the Congress-NCP government was in power.The Nira project consists of a storage reservoir on the Yelwandi river near Bhatgar and two canals. The left bank canal, which originates from the Nira river at Vir, irrigates areas of Pune district, including Baramati and Indapur, and parts of Solapur district. The right bank canal irrigates some other tehsils in Solapur.Mr. Mahajan said more water was diverted to the left canal that passed through Baramati and Indapur, while areas in Solapur district like Malshiras, Madha and Sangola were left high and dry.“The local MP from Madha and other leaders from Solapur district have complained that five talukas are receiving only 40% water from the Nira left bank canal, while Baramati and Indapur are receiving the remaining 60%,” Mr. Mahajan told a vernacular television channel. It is believed that the newly elected Madha MP Ranjitsinh Naik-Nimbalkar and other leaders from Solapur like Ranjitsinh Mohite-Patil, son of former NCP MP Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil, met the minister on this matter. According to rumours, Mr. Mahajan is expected to issue an ordinance on this matter soon. The move, if implemented, is seen as a stratagem on part of the BJP to break the Pawars’ stranglehold on Baramati ahead of the Assembly elections.Ajit Pawar, who toured Baramati with his uncle, said, “I have yet to hear anything said by Mr. Mahajan on this issue. I am not aware if such a decision has been mooted… But the government should know that there are people living on both sides of the Nira canal.” Senior Congress leader Harshavardhan Patil, whose bastion is Indapur, however warned of a strong agitation if such an ordinance comes into effect. “The Water Resource Department has no right to take such a decision, if at all it is being mulled. Indapur and Baramati are catchment areas. If water supply to these talukas is going to be stopped, we will be compelled to launch an agitation and take legal recourse,” Mr. Patil said.
Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution The Japanese, playing together as one team as opposed to the Philippine Superliga selection, really stepped on it in the second and third frames, smartly sensing all their opponents’ weakness and pouncing on just about every unguarded spot on the floor.“We have to have that kind of mindset, which is to play with that kind of speed,” said Vicente.All in all, according to Vicente, the Filipinos played very well and should have learned a neat lesson ahead of their goal to land a medal in the Southeast Asian Games in August.RELATED VIDEOS UST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Hisamitsu Springs needed some time to size up Rebisco PSL-Manila but still came up with a performance worthy of a two-time champion team to post a 25-17, 25-10, 25-14 victory Thursday at the start of the Asian Women’s Club Championships.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Filipino spikers, led by 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago, briefly took control in the first set, 9-6, and kept the game close through her unstoppable attacks and occasional net drops by Kim Fajardo.But that was not enough to keep Rebisco abreast with the 2002 and 2014 titlist which soon employed its almost flawless, and systematic defense at the Boris Alxeandrov Sports Palace. More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Santiago scored 16 points for the Filipinos who are coming into the tournaments without an import. Fajardo had four points and 11 excellent sets, while Ces Molina, Rhea Dimaculangan and Jovelyn Gonzaga each had three points.Mika Reyes and Rachel Anne Daquis both scored two points, while Aiza Pontillas added one for Rebisco which had 18 errors, mostly on attacks.Coach Francis Vicente to Rebisco PSL You didn’t play badly. You just lacked speed and volleyball IQ. Napainit nyo ulo nung Hapon. Be proud. PHOTO BY MARC REYES“Why are you so sad?” asked head coach Francis Vicente during the post-game huddle inside the locker room. “You learned from them. You didn’t play badly. We just need more speed. More volleyball IQ. You got the Japanese coach worried in the first set. Be proud.”Middle blocker Fumika Moriya led the Japan club with 14 points, while Yuka Taura and Yuka Imamura chipped in 12 and 11 markers, respectively.Erika Sakae tossed 33 excellent sets to set Hisamitsu’s offence flowing and wreaking havoc against Rebisco.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Man United fans celebrate triumph after tragedy MOST READ Libero Denden Lazaro assesses the match pic.twitter.com/OXyPFXuHHW— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) May 25, 2017ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments