Pune: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday said that the state was facing a severe drought which necessitated judicious use of water.
The available water resources were needed to be used judiciously for drinking, industrial and agricultural purposes, Chavan said while addressing a function at Pimpri-Chinchwad near here.
Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who was present on the occasion, too said the drought situation was "serious" and called on people to consume water economically.
The state was achieving a balanced development with the new industrial policy which offers greater facilities to the industrialists who set up units in the backward regions, Chavan said.
Private industrial sector was being encouraged by the government policy to create more employment, he added.