With more than half of Rajasthan facing water scarcity, any further delay in arrival of monsoon will worsen situation, especially in Pali district.
After Bhilwara, Pali will be the second district of the state which would be supplied water through trains if monsoon gets delayed beyond June 30. Keeping this in mind, the district administration and the public health engineering department (PHED) have written to railways to be prepared for supplying water to Pali through trains.
A senior PHED official, on condition of anonymity, told HT that from January this year water is supplied to Bhilwara through trains—so far 167 train trips have been made, delivering 50 lakh litres per day. Saying that the Meja dam in Bhilwara and majority of tube-wells had dried up in November 2015, the PHED official said that water is supplied to Bhilwara through trains from Nasirabad.
A similar alarming situation is arising in Pali. Considering the insufficient availability of water in Jawai dam of Pali, the supply is uncertain after the first week of July. So the district administration has asked the railways department to be prepared for such a situation if the monsoon doesn’t arrive by month-end. For Pali district, water through trains would be supplied from Kaylana Lake in Jodhpur district, he added.
The official said if the monsoon arrives on time than water supply through trains will not be required but as a contingency measure railway has been informed in advance.
Meanwhile, state PHED minister Kiran Maheshwari in a recently held review meeting had directed officials to construct rain water conservation and ground water recharge structures at all government offices. She said due to irregular and intense exploitation of water the ground water level is continuously declining.
Recent figures of the ground water reveal that of the 295 panchayat samitis 204 have come in the dark zone category (when the rate of drawing water is between 90% and 100% that of recharge). The minister added that in order to improve recharge ground water it is necessary to construct rain water conservation structures at all government, private and industrial buildings.