Pune district which used only two tankers, last year, in the same period, is using 64 tankers in the present water crisis situation. With more villages facing water crisis this year, the district administration is expecting the figure to touch at least 100 by May.
Last year at this time, only two tankers were being used and at least 3,000 people had been affected. This year, the number of affected stand at 1.53 lakh, said the collector at a recent meet. Nearly Rs 2.66 crore has been allocated for tankers in the district for the summers ahead. Moreover, permissions for using these would be issued after clearances from the respected tehsildars and SDO, according to the situation and severity of the summers.
To save water for drinking purposes, the collector has issued directions to both the Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporations to take measures against those using water for swimming pools, garages or for construction purposes. A letter on the same was issued the second time to the municipal corporations as adequate heed had not been taken to conserve water.
The water presently available in the four dams supplying water to the city will last till July 15 and any wastage will entail more water cuts.