‘DCs to sanction 50 lit drinking water per person`

Maharashtra Relief and Rehabilitation Minister said that divisional commissioners have been authorised to sanction 50 litres of drinking water per person in `A` and `B` class municipal councils.

Updated: May 29, 2012, 23:03 PM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Patangrao Kadam on Tuesday said that divisional commissioners have been authorised to sanction 50 litres of drinking water per person in `A` and `B` class municipal councils.

While in `C` class municipal councils, the district collector can sanction 30 litres of drinking water per person, he said.

Talking to reporters after the cabinet sub-committee meeting on drought, Kadam said in villages where the crop yield is more than 50 paise, provisions have been made for drinking water supply and fodder, wherever there is shortage.

He said in villages of Buldhana, Beed, Nashik, Dhule, Solapur, Ahmednagar, Latur, Osmanabad, Pune, Sangli and Satara, there was a shortage of fodder despite the crop yield being above 50 paise.

Kadam said he had convened a meeting to review the drought situation in Marathwada on May 31.

The minister sought to downplay his colleague and Water Supply Minister Laxman Dhoble`s comments that the drought situation in the state had been hyped by the media.

"His comments may have been misconstrued. He may have compared the present drought situation with the one in 1971 and 2003, when the entire state was reeling under the drought," Kadam said.

As of May 25, 1,536 tankers are supplying drinking water to 1,585 villages and 6,035 wadis (hamlets) of the 15 drought-hit districts. There are 172 fodder depots. There were 7,56,979 labourers on 66,549 EGS works.

PTI