Mumbai: Gujarat, the country’s biggest cotton and peanut grower, is expected to receive very heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours, the weather bureau forecast on its website.
There will be widespread rains along the western coast and parts of Maharashtra, the nation’s biggest grower of sugar cane, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. A few places in Gujarat and Konkan may get at least 25cm of rain, it said.
The north-west parts of the country, including the Capital, and some eastern states including Orissa will face a severe heat wave over the next two days, the bureau said.
Upbeat: Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said delayed rains may not affect the economy much. Scott Eells / Bloomberg
In New Delhi, the chairman of the Central Electricity Authority, Rakesh Nath, said India’s power deficit could widen in coming months because of the delayed monsoon.
Meanwhile, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told reporters that delayed monsoon rains may not have much impact on the Indian economy. “It is possible the monsoon is delayed by a couple of weeks, but it’s not going to impact the economy much,” he said.
Separately, weather scientists in New Delhi said that the south-west monsoon is expected to bring rains to most parts of the country after a revival of the seasonal rain system likely by Friday.
“Monsoon is expected to revive by 25 June and good rains across most parts of the country are expected till 2 July,” scientists said.
A strong monsoon surge is being observed in the Bay of Bengal, raising expectations of a revival by 25 June, IMD director B.P. Yadav said.
(Reuters & PTI contributed to this story.)