Location: Jejuri (Pune district)
Ahilyabai Holkar Talav (popularly known as Mastani Lake in this village) is close to the Khandoba temple. There is a tradition that after visiting the Khandoba temple, people carry the idol and wash it in a nearby lake. It was ironic to see that this nearby lake had water, however, mastani lake which is just a few km away completely went dry.
This paints the picture of water resources of rural India. While in most of the cases the power lobby or the land mafia is involved in the intentional creation of drought, it doesn’t end here. A lot of manmade disasters are created in rural areas and these cracks tell a tale which is not just six months old, but several years old and the struggle is visible!