Aurangabad: Maharashtra government has made provision of Rs 31 crores for conducting artificial rain that in the month of August in the drought affected areas of the state.
Water supply and sanitation minister Babanrao Lonikar Lonikar while talking to newsmen here at Chiklathana airport after returning from Australia study tour on Friday evening said that Marathwada has received scanty rainfall due to which it is reeling under severe drought like situation.
In the past due to the scarcity of water, the government had provided water to Latur by train.
"To combat drought situation in the region, water grid work is also going to start soon to remove the water scarcity issue of Marathwada permanently", he said.
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Experts from Israel and Australia have studied eleven major dams across the Marathwada region.
"The expert team has also studied rainfall, groundwater level for over past thirty years", he said adding "I have toured Australia with experts and seen 26 major lakes which have been connected with each other through water grid system and planning has also been done for next 30 years."
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had decided the water grid for the Marathwada region and it will be started in two months.