Vidarbha region in Maharastra has a long history of under development. Many measures to offset the agrarian crisis in the region like the Prime Minister's debt relief assistance in 2006 has focussed extensively on developing assured irrigation facilities for farmers. Lack of irrigation facilities have been linked to suicides and agricultural distress by many independent studies and by the planning commission.
In the backdrop of a drought looming over the country, a new report released by Greenpeace has found that large clusters of coal fired power plants proposed in Vidarbha may bring down the future availability of water in the Wardha river by 40% and affect irrigation for about 1 lakh hectares of farmland in the future.
Read the report to find out more.