Maharashtra

Our work in Maharashtra

Our Role

The 2030 WRG partnership with the Government of Maharashtra, initiated in 2014 under the leadership of the Chief Minister, aims to mobilize diverse stakeholders to help address water challenges across the state’s agricultural, industrial, and urban sectors.

To respond to the local water challenges, Maharashtra’s Department of Agriculture, a group of private sector companies, civil society organizations and the 2030 Water Resources Group came together to review the possibility of initiating a multi-stakeholder Agri-Water Partnership, a reality since April 2014. The overall aim of that partnership is to accelerate and broaden water efficiency practices across the agricultural sector within the State. The 2030 WRG acts as a catalyst in this process, by helping produce technical analyses and convene key decision makers across Government, the business community, civil society, financial institutions, academia and development agencies.

Under the agri-water work stream, another batch of water efficient PPP-IAD projects will be facilitated for the next cropping season. Further, a concept will be developed for the cotton initiative and presented to the MSP. Thereafter the program will engage with a wider range of stakeholders, including financing partners to develop a detailed project report and implementation plan.

In the context of Industrial and Urban Water security, the Maharashtra Department of Industry, the Confederation of Indian Industry, and a number of key civil society organizations requested 2030 WRG’s assistance to convene a platform to develop and implement a water security strategy for new integrated industrial development zones in the Aurangabad region in Maharashtra.

Likewise, the Urban and Industrial Water Security engagement will consolidate multi-stakeholder partnerships and enable private sector and civil society to positively influence the sustainable development of the industrial sector. Innovative solutions, including PPPs for wastewater reuse in industry, watershed management, rainwater harvesting, and groundwater recharge will be identified, implemented and disseminated.

Results

A hydro-economic analysis has been completed in 2015 with a specific focus on improved water-enabled sustainable development in Maharashtra’s agricultural sector. It targeted rain fed areas, watershed development and minor irrigation works in Maharashtra outside of the main irrigated areas. The analysis considered the socio-economic and political situation of Maharashtra as well as current and emerging trends such as demographics, climate change, land-use change, urbanization etc. It particularly elaborates on the scale and urgency of Maharashtra’s water resources challenge (gap between supply and demand) in relation to its GDP growth and development targets in the agri-business sector, under a business-as-usual scenario.

2030 WRG is currently facilitating the following two work streams: Water Use Efficiency for Agriculture and Water Security for Urban and Industrial Uses. 2030 WRG’s cotton initiative will deliver verifiable goals, including creating a dynamic network of organizations to promote and implement the program of activities, catalyzing new initiatives with specific sustainable water resources management focus, strengthening and scaling parallel projects, and sharing lessons and best practices for accelerated collective learning and application.