'Maharashtra seeks Karnataka water to tackle drought'
Solapur: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said talks were on with the Karnataka government to get water from the Almatti dam to tackle worsening drought situation in the state.
"The drought situation in the state is worse than what was experienced in 1972. The districts, especially along the Maharashtra-Karnataka border, are facing acute water shortage," Chavan told reporters here last night.
"Therefore, talks are being held with the Karnataka government to get water from the Almatti dam. Our Water Supply Minister (Laxmanrao Dhobale) has already had a first round of discussions with them. Another meeting will be held on March 04 in Pune on the issue," he said.
Chavan accused Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray of "politicising" the drought issue in the state "to gain political mileage”.