Taking cognisance of potable water contamination in 12 districts of Maharashtra, National Green Tribunal led by Justice V R Kingaonkar and Justice Dr Ajay Desphande issued notices to 12 collectors,

This summer, people in southern Maharashtra can enjoy either electricity or water, not both. Until recently, the state had prioritised use of water for industrial purposes over agriculture.

Pune:The World Bank will assist the state government in spreading awareness among the rural population about judicious use of water and its conservation.

The Union government’s integrated watershed development programme is active in the state since 2010. Now, the World Bank will work with the state to bring about a change in the mindset of local people who want works to be done under the watershed development programme but are not very keen in carrying out conservation activities of soil and water, said state agriculture commissioner Umakant Dangat.

Pune: The state government has decided to set up water testing labs at district and sub-district hospitals across the state to provide safe drinking water in rural areas.

As part of this initiative, the state health department will set up 137 labs at the cost of Rs 15 crore. The aim is to increase the frequency of water testing and to decentralize monitoring and surveillance of all drinking water sources in the state. The Union government, under the National Rural Drinking Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance Programme, granted funds to the state’s water supply and sanitation department which in turn channelized them to the state’s health department for setting up labs as they do not have the required infrastructure.

Maharashtra government will spend Rs.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule has taken up the issue of malnutrition of children in Melghat area of Vidarbha.

About 30,000 farmers in Maharashtra are feeling cheated. The soybean seeds they had purchased from the state seed corporation, Mahabeej, failed to germinate this season. About 40,000 hectares (ha) of farms in seven districts have been affected. Mahabeej has 45 per cent share in the soy seed business in the state.

At a time when the Gujarat government is going ahead with the

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Mumbai: Notwithstanding the political storm brewing between Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh over the disputed Babhli barrage on the river Majra in Nanded, the Rs220 crore project is one of the 11 barrages the Maharashtra government

Mumbai: Water woes only increase for the people of Maharashtra. The scenario is so bad that authorities are forced to take help from neighbouring states to fill up tankers which supply drinking water to rural areas. The state administration admits the situation in Marathwada and Vidarbha could get worse if there is a delayed monsoon.