Solapur - An oasis among drought prone districts in Maharashtra

Last Modified: Sun Apr 17 2016 17:27:07 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 16
    Number of tankers that ply in Solapur even though it experienced its worst monsoon in 25 years, in 2015. Contrast this with more than 200 tankers in 2013-14, even when the monsoon was good.
  • 28
    Number of sugar factories in Solapur during the 2012-13 drought. However, two droughts later, number of sugar factories only grew to 32.
  • 3
    fundamental steps taken by Solapur district collector Tukaram Mundhe when he assumed responsibility last year: A) declare the water sources followed by B) completion of ongoing schemes and C) rejuvenation of non-functional water schemes.
  • 15,553
    drinking water sources - structures including rig wells, tube wells and ponds - were declared public as a first step. Earlier records showed only 6,000. None of these structures would be allowed for commercial activities or even agriculture beyond 1 km.
  • 8
    Number of months to which water release from the Ujani Dam in Solapur (largest dam in the Bhima River Basin) was restricted to by Collector Tukaram Mundhe in the face of a severe water crisis looming over Solapur. A strong decision which, predictably, led to protests from the politically powerful sugar lobby.
  • 11,593
    total works/projects completed in Solapur under Maharashtra's Jal Yukt Shivir scheme, the most for any district.
  • 26,000
    works out of a total 28,000 have been completed as part of water-shedding category in 280 villages. This is too, by far the most for any district in the state. Works costing around Rs 68 crore have been achieved through peoples’ participation in cash or kind.
  • 29,926
    wells have been recharged so far.
  • 42.66 lakh cu. meters
    of silt has been removed from various tanks and 2,326 hectares of land has been made cultivable through this.
  • Rs 1.5 crore
    fine imposed on Shri Siddheshwar Co Operative Sugar Factory for polluting and exploiting a groundwater source which is used for drinking. Tukaram Mundhe is possibly the only Collector who has evoked the Groundwater (Management and Development) Act of 2009 and impose this fine.
  • 1 year
    Time frame in which scarcity of water can be alleviated if we just recharge all the public drinking water sources and complete the ongoing schemes in the district, according to Mundhe.