|Demand rises for tanker
water with reservoirs fast running dry
WITH parts of Maharashtra reeling under an intense heat wave, rural
areas of the state are facing scarcity of drinking water and the demand
for providing water through tankers is on the rise, official sources
"There is only 23 per cent of water stored in various tanks across
the state and the situation is likely to worsen in the days to come,"
an official of the water supply department said on Sunday .
Tanker water is being supplied to nearly
1,077 villages and 84 communities at present," he said, adding
that the demand for water to be supplied by tankers is on the rise
'In the corresponding period last year, 641
tankers were engaged to supply water to the affected areas but this
season the number of tankers has gone up to 857, the official said.
Like rural areas, water scarcity is also
being felt in urban localities and officials have been directed to
complete water supply schemes that could redress the problem, the
All district collectors have been directed
to supply tanker water on demand. "Tanker
water is being provided to 28 districts of the total 35 of the state.
Collectors and divisional commissioners
have been authorised to spend upto Rs 10 lakh and Rs 20 lakh respectively
for giving a green signal to water supply schemes," he added.
The region-wise water stored across the state
is as follows: Konkan - 26 per cent, Marathwada - 20 per cent, Magpur
- 14 per cent, Amravati - 17 per cent, Nashik - 22 per cent, Pune
- 25 per cent.