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Drought forces Pune residents to drop their plan of visiting hometowns

Extreme water shortage reason for the change in plan

pune Updated: May 16, 2019 15:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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People who belong to drought-affected areas in the state had to cancel their plans to visit their hometowns for vacation due to an extreme water shortage there. (HT Photo )

Students and professionals who are residing in Pune, and who belong to drought-affected areas in the state had to cancel their plans to visit their home towns for vacation due to an extreme water shortage there.

Vinayak Renewal of SP College, who recently finished his annual exams of Master of Arts (MA) has taken up a job in a cloth shop in the city. Renewal said, “There is no water in our village, so I do not want to burden my family. Instead, I have taken up a job which helps me earn ₹6,000 every month to full fill my monthly needs here.”

Another student, Nivrutti Tigote from SP College, who has appeared for her first year exams and who hails from Risangoan village in Nanded district, is on the lookout for a job. “As a result of the failure of crops, my parents have been unable to send me money for my monthly expenses. Initially, I was working at a catering shop and I used to get free meals there. Now, since I have finished my exams, I am looking for a full-time job.”

Mahesh Bhosale, an advocate practising in the high court of Aurangabad, when contacted, said, “I am from Beed’s Patoda taluka, which is one of the worst affected talukas due to drought. The water shortage condition there is extremely bad which has forced me to cancel my month-long vacation and be in Aurangabad. This is the first time in 10 years of my practise that I had to cancel a visit to my village during the vacations which were scheduled from May 3 to June 3.”

“The situation has worsened so much that my family members residing in Beed have come to stay with me here in Aurangabad. The water shortage was there from March itself, but this month it has become severe. There is no water for animals also. I hope the government finds some solution and helps people get enough water at least to survive,” said Bhosale.

Kuldeep Ambekar, who is running the Students Helping Hand organisation which helps students from drought-affected areas, said, “We are providing two-time meals a day, free of cost to the students from drought-affected areas. At least 600 students in Pune are benefitting from this initiative.”

First Published: May 16, 2019 15:46 IST