Maharashtra (India) – Outcomes

Our Outcomes

A hydro-economic analysis is currently being finalized with a specific focus on improved water-enabled sustainable development in Maharashtra’s agricultural sector. It will target rain fed areas, watershed development and minor irrigation works in Maharashtra outside of the main irrigated areas. The analysis will consider 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 will particularly elaborate 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 workstreams: Water Use Efficiency for Agriculture and Water Security for Urban and Industrial Uses. Under the agri-water workstream, 2030 WRG successfully collaborated with the Government of Maharashtra, WEF and a number of private companies to facilitate the development of 15 PPPs focusing on increasing water use efficiency. Of these, five are currently under implementation with a total value of nearly USD10 million. These projects combined are estimated to save 5.7 billion liters of water, benefit 20,000 farmers and cover 9000 hectares.

Furthermore, 2030 WRG together with Earnest and Young, in consultation with C&A, Ikea and IDH initiated a program to address water security issues facing cotton farmers within the state. This comprehensive program seeks to engage at the farm, community, watershed and policy levels to enhance the productivity of cotton as well as water efficiency by linking and complimenting existing initiatives and by initiating new interventions where required. Currently a gap analysis and a situation analysis is underway to orient the program.

Likewise under the urban and industrial water workstream, 2030 WRG has convened a representative group of stakeholders, facilitated the development of a strategy and facilitated in-principle commitment of funds form two corporate organizations. The objective of this project is to increase water security for urban and industrial users by developing small infrastructure for groundwater recharge in Aurangabad – a large manufacturing hub in the state.

Our Future

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.

The further advancement of planned activities under the urban and industrial water workstream will be dependent upon the ability to secure financing from additional corporate partners. If funds are secured, then 2030 WRG will facilitate a detailed project report, and set up a project management mechanism to implement the project.

In the longer term (12-18 month) an initiative is conceptualized to accelerate the use of drip irrigation in sugarcane production.