Rajasthan faces severe water crisis
Rajasthan is on the brink of a severe water crisis because of the weak monsoon so far.jaipur Updated: Jul 17, 2010 23:29 IST
Rajasthan is on the brink of a severe water crisis because of the weak monsoon so far.
Erratic rainfall has left 75 per cent dams in the state dry.
Already, water is being supplied every two days and even once a week in some places of the state.
In districts like Ajmer and Tonk, water is being supplied every fifth day, while in Barmer, Bhilwara, Pali, and Nagaur, water trains come only once a week. Drinking water supply to Jaipur, Ajmer and Tonk form the Bisalpur dam in Tonk district has been stopped from July 16. The Bisalpur dam supplied 17 million litres of water daily to the three districts.
“We had hoped for good monsoon. If it doesn’t rain by July 31, there will be an emergency situation. Water will be a scarce commodity,” said principal secretary, water resources, Ram Lubhaya.
The authorities have also announced power cuts from Monday. While the four blocks in Jaipur district will see one-hour cuts, divisional headquarters will have two-hour cuts.
District headquarters, municipalities and 5,000-plus population towns will have three hours, four hours and five hours of power cuts, respectively. In Jaipur, the water resources department has taken over all private bore-wells and the Railways has been asked for water supply services.
First Published: Jul 17, 2010 23:28 IST