4,195 Maharashtra villages depend on water tankers
Mumbai: The water stock in irrigation reservoirs across Maharashtra has gone down to 17 per cent and the number of villages being supplied water through tankers has risen, the state cabinet was informed on Wednesday.
As many as 4,195 villages and 10,570 hamlets in the state are being supplied water by tankers, officials told the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
A total of 5,171 water tankers are supplying water to drought-hit areas. Last year, the number of tankers at this time was 2,111, an official statement said.
Several villages in central and western Maharashtra are facing severe water scarcity. The backward region of Marathwada is the worst-affected.
Water stock in dams in Marathwada has fallen to five per cent of the total storage capacity compared to 29 per cent in 2011 and eight per cent last year.
Marathwada region, comprising eight districts including Aurangabad, Nanded, Latur, Jalna, Beed, Parbhani, Osmanabad, and Hingoli, has 803 major, medium and small sized dams.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Sheena's diary reveals disturbed relationship with parents: DNA reports
- Govt extended last date for e-filing of I-T return to Sept 7
- PM Modi's Buddha mantra for peace at Global Hindu Buddhist Conclave
- DNA: Bharat Bandh hits normal life; Bengal, Kerala among most affected
- Do condom ads encourage rape?
- Sheena Bora murder saga: 12 questions that police asked Peter Mukerjea during 12-hour grilling?
- Sunny Leone steamy condom ad (uncensored): Watch why this video is making news
- Indrani Mukerjea confesses to her role in Sheena Bora murder case
- 'Insulted' Samajwadi Party walks out of 'Janata Parivar', to contest Bihar polls alone
- BJP-RSS review meet, Day 2: NDA's education policy, Patel quota stir on agenda