Govt on edge with poor rainfall across the state
The government is now on the edge with state's water reserves running dangerously low. HT Correspondentmumbai Updated: Jun 28, 2012 01:41 IST
The government is now on the edge with state's water reserves running dangerously low. Only 13% of the water is left in the state's reserves. The state considers it a serious scarcity situation if the water reserve falls below the 15% mark.
Only water required for drinking should be released from dams, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan ordered in a state cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Also, Rs 50 crore of the Rs 150-cr CM discretionary fund has been set aside to tackle the state's scarcity problem.
As of June 27, the state has received only 125.2 millimetres of rainfall, whereas it had received 182.8 millimetres during the same period last year.
Sixteen districts have received only 50% rainfall, 15 districts have received between 50-100% rainfall, and only two districts, Amravati and Akola, have received 100% rainfall.
About 2,540 water tankers have been providing water daily to 2,145 scarcity-hit villages. A four-member committee has been formed to tackle the problem.
The worst affected districts, according to the state, are Pune, Osmanabad, Jalna and Nashik. These areas will be closely watched for the next eight days.
"Things will get really difficult for them if they do not get rain in the next eight days," said a senior government official from water supply department.