Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute (MERI) will conduct a survey of silt in Jayakwadi dam and how it has affected the water holding capacity. The water resources ministry has deposited an amount of Rs 12 lakh with MERI for this purpose.
Construction of Jayakwadi, the biggest dam in Marathwada, was completed in 1976 bringing 2.77 lakh hectares area in Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed, Parbhani and Ahmednagar districts under irrigation.
Due to the increasing silt deposits, capacity of Jayakwadi dam has reduced. Ten years ago, an agency had conducted the survey which had revealed that the dead stock contains 20 per cent silt and live stock 8 per cent. In the last decade, much more silt has been deposited. The study will reveal exactly how much water the dam holds and how the silt has affected its capacity. Superintending engineer of CADA E B Jogdand has said that the survey would begin in April. Bid to find out how silt has affected holding capacity Rupee 12 lakh will be spent on study beginning April 1