Coal power plants and water use in Maharashtra

Conflicts over water diversion during the drought. This report exposes cases of wrong prioritization of water resources to thermal power plants. Maharashtra is experiencing its worst drought in 40. The Governor of Maharashtra in his address to the state legislature in March this year had stated that more than 11800 villages are facing drought due to the acute water shortage. The official status from the state cabinet decisions puts the impact at 3,184 villages and 7,650 hamlets. This serious crisis has thrown up questions on water management in the state that are critical for the government, policy makers and industry to address.

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