‘Don’t blame Almatti dam for floods in Sangli & Kolhapur’: Girish Mahajan
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‘Don’t blame Almatti dam for floods in Sangli & Kolhapur’: Girish Mahajan

By The Indian Express calender  19-Aug-2019

‘Don’t blame Almatti dam for floods in Sangli & Kolhapur’: Girish Mahajan

Girish Dattatrey Mahajan, Minister of Water Resources and Medical Education, says holding Karnataka responsible for the floods in western Maharashtra is illogical.  There are laid-down guidelines and the process of monitoring of water in dams begins at the onset of monsoon. There is a team of officials for this and a mechanism in place, which was strictly followed.
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The floods ravaged Sangli and Kolhapur. It was devastating. More than four lakh people had to be relocated. Having said that, the rainfall in the catchment areas was unprecedented. The average rainfall was 400 mm for 24 hours for six days. According to experts, the course of the Krishna and Panchaganga rivers along with their tributaries are such, it does not facilitate rapid recession. Our experts are working to see if there were any shortcomings and how they could be rectified.

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