Deficit in western belt: Above average in eastern belt
The erratic rainfall is being witnessed this year in Nashik district. The average rainfall has not been recorded yet in the western belt of tehsils like Trimbakeshwar, Igatpuri, Peth and Surgana. The western belt though is known for heavy rainfall zone.
The drought-prone Baglan, Nandgaon, Malegaon, Chandwad and Deola talukas have received above average rainfall. Considering the district, out of the total average of July, only 67% rainfall has been received this season. This has raised concerns in the district.
June and July are the two rainy months. The rainfall in the district in these two months did not even reach its average. Due to lack of rains in many places, farmers in the district are really worried.
The tehsil of Trimbakeshwar, Igatpuri, Peth and Surgana which fall in western belt receive heavy rainfall every year.
The drought-ridden situation is most likely in the eastern part of the district. Heavy rains in the western region quench the thirst of Nashik city and Mumbai.
However, this year the rainfall in these talukas is less than every year. These talukas are known for paddy cultivation. However, due to lack of rains, paddy crop is also in danger.
In Malegaon, Nandgaon, Chandwad, Baglan and Deola, which are known to be drought-prone areas, rainfall has been registered more than the annual average.
Two months of the rainy season have come to an end and good rains are expected in August and September. The rains are expected to intensify in the near future. Only then the crops will be revived and the problem of drinking water will be solved.
Agitation over water in Igatpuri
As there was no proper and clean drinking water supply, women staged a sit-in agitation outside the gram panchayat office. This took place at Kaluste village in Igatpuri taluka. Meanwhile, the sarpanch, gram sevak and no one was present in the gram panchayat at that time.
There is water scarcity in spite of Bham water dam near Kaluste village. The village women said, "We have to complain about drinking water from time to time. Therefore, today, as the patience broke, an agitation was staged with morcha taking the empty pots on head was directly at the gram panchayat.
The villagers have warned that if they do not have access to drinking water, they will go on a hunger strike at Panchayat Samiti office in Igatpuri.
July rainfall (mm)
Tehsil Average Rainfall
Nashik 221.62 92.9
Igatpuri 1144.97 833
Dindori 213.30 93
Peth 747.24 326
Trimbakeshwar 881.30 222
Malegaon 124.50 252
Nandgaon 118.50 272
Chandwad 139.79 200
Kalwan 178.20 128
Baglan 133.20 236
Surgana 727.63 278.3
Deola 96.50 122.4
Niphad 106 110
Sinnar 134.26 129
Yeola 110.8 124
Total 5077.52 3419.3