Maharashtra govt should stop water supply to beer units in view of drought: Shiv Sena chief

However, a BJP minister in the Devendra Fadnavis-led government said cutting off water supply to breweries won't be such a good idea.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 17, 2016 2:22 am
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Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray demanded stopping water supply to breweries in drought-hit Aurangabad in Marathwada region, on Saturday. Thackeray, who was in Marathwada, said, “When people are not getting water for drinking, there is no justification in supplying it to breweries.”

Responding to the Sena’s demand, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said that he had called for a report from the Aurangabad divisional commissioner on the sector-wise allocation of water to industrial companies. After getting the report, the government would take a formal decision on water supply to these industries, including the breweries, he added.

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Fadnavis said, “We have already deployed trains to supply water to drought-hit Latur.”

Among the eight districts in Marathwada, Latur is the worst hit and drinking water comes to Latur once in three to four days.

The fifth train carrying five-lakh litres of water reached Latur on Saturday. Every train has 50 wagons of drinking water.

However, Minister for Rural Development Pankaja Munde has opposed the stopping of water to breweries. She said, “No additional water is being given to the breweries. The water supplied is within the quota reserved for industrial units.” However, Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan said, “The priority of the government is to ensure drinking water to residents. If there is shortage of water, we can curtail water to industrial units.”

A senior Sena cabinet minister said, “ How can Munde justify the water supply to breweries when people have no water for drinking. What quota is she talking? Does she even know that water supply to Aurangabad is once in two days, Latur once in three day….”

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  1. Vijayendra Bhoir
    Apr 18, 2016 at 7:28 pm
    I have started a peion , which i would like you to sign. the #peion is about water harvesting from #FOG. Potable drinking water can be harvested from fog without any use of energy. This technology will help to some what eradicate the #drought in #maharashtra if this technology is implemented on a larger scale.
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    1. Vijayendra Bhoir
      Apr 18, 2016 at 7:29 pm
      I have started a peion , which i would like you to sign. the #peion is about water harvesting from #FOG. Potable drinking water can be harvested from fog without any use of energy. This technology will help to some what eradicate the #drought in #maharashtra if this technology is implemented on a larger scale.lt;br/gt;
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        yesodharan
        Apr 16, 2016 at 1:56 pm
        It is better to insist all bottled water manufactures selling water in Maharashtra to sell water at Rs five per litre, on consideration that water is Gods gift to earth and not a commodity manufactured by them for gaining multi crores.
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          Raghu
          Apr 16, 2016 at 1:33 pm
          Agree.
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            Raider
            Apr 16, 2016 at 12:40 pm
            Hahahahaahahah.... Most of the Mumbaikars can live without water but they can't live without beer, if you stop water supply to beer factories then this city will die of thirst. Now the beer factories too has to pay 'hafta' to this man otherwise he will send his goons to destroy the factories. After underworld almost wiped out of Mumbai the legal way of taking hafta by these politicians.
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