The drought situation in Maharashtra has worsened with more
villages being supplied water through tankers, an official said
The number of villages and hamlets depending on water tankers for
survival went up to 7,075 from 6,488 last Monday.
Also, the number of tankers supplying water daily increased to
2,408 from 2,280 last week, officials said.
A total of 11,801 villages across the state - barring coastal
regions - are in the grip of the severest drought in the past four
Governor K. Sankaranarayanan Monday said that the state government
was committed to take additional measures to tackle the water
scarcity situation in the state.
Addressing a joint session of the Maharashtra assembly on the
first day of the budget session, Sankaranarayanan said that the
failure of the monsoon for the second consecutive year in the
state was a matter of deep concern.
"In February 2012, only 230 tankers were supplying drinking water
while this year the number in February-end this year was nearly
10-fold at 2,136 tankers," the governor said.
He dwelt on various water supply schemes, employment opportunities
and facilities for cattle in the areas without water to combat the
drought in 15 districts of the state.
Of the total 34 districts in Maharasthra, the worst-affected are
Solapur, Ahmednagar, Sangli, Pune, Satara, Beed and Nashik.
The situation is also serious in Buldhana, Latur, Osmanabad,
Nanded, Aurangabad, Jalna, Jalgaon and Dhule districts.