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Maharashtra drought: Nashik's sacred Ramkund pond dries up for the first time in 130 years
How alarming water scarcity situation is in Maharastra this year, is evident from the fact that the sacred pond at Ramkund in Nashik district has dried up for the first time in the history. Thousands of pilgrims are disappointed as they were likely to take holy dip in Ramkund pond on Gudi Padwa today.

Besides, many people also perform last rites of their family and relatives in the holy pond, but all these activities has come to an halt due to absence of water. So far, there are no such records of the pond at the famous religious location having ever dried up entirely.

The activists and priests are suggesting to the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) to replenish the water, but the devotees do not seem pleased with the idea. Notably, Ramkund pond is also the main pilgrimage center during the Kumbh Mela.

Indeed, this year's water scarcity in Maharashtra has left Nashik concerned over the Ramkund pond drying completely up for the first time in 130 years. Post the development, the well-cemented Ramkund has now become a playing area for kids.

Now, as there seem to have no options left with the civic body to replenish the water in the holy reservoir, they are planning to dig borewells, in an effort to replenish the Ramkund. However, they need to consider many things, including religious sentiments of the devotees and cost factor to do that.

Moreover, there is no assurance that the borewells will be of any use as the groundwater level in the city has plummeted. 

The priest at Ramkund has appealed to the Municipal Corporation authorities to make arrangement of water that at least allow them and the devotees to perform the basic rituals. The priest has even suggested an alternative option i.e. to bring water from some nearby reservoir. The concerned authorities are yet to respond.

In the meantime, drought like situation has hit trade as well as summer tourism severely in the district. Many farmers have committed suicide in the state because of a severe drought. 

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