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Central team to assess drought-like situation

A central government team is set to pay a two-day visit starting Monday to assess acute scarcity of water that has hit irrigation in Pune division,particularly Satara,Sangli and Solapur districts,which are facing a droughtlike situation.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: April 13, 2012 2:33 am

A central government team is set to pay a two-day visit starting Monday to assess acute scarcity of water that has hit irrigation in Pune division,particularly Satara,Sangli and Solapur districts,which are facing a droughtlike situation.

Pune Divisional commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh on Thursday said that the situation was grave in these areas.

“Nearly 381 villages are affected. The administration has pressed into service water tankers in these areas. The central team will assess the situation,’’ he said. Pune district itself has nearly 86 villages that come under scarcity zone. He added that the officials will assess the situation,crops affected and also employment schemes under the Maharashtra Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in these areas.

Several parts of the state are facing droughtlike condtions with Sangli,Pune,Satara,Solapur and Nagar among severely affected in Pune division. Dhule,Nashik,Osmanabad and Latur are also badly hit.

The team’s visit comes after the state sought more funds from the Centre to tackle water scarcity. “They confirmed they would visit to take stock and report about the situation,’’ said Deshmukh. After the assessment,it is expected that funds will be disbursed to the state to tackle the situation.

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