Maharashtra is witnessing one of its worst water emergencies in years, with the government deploying 6,597 tankers to supply water to 5,243 villages and 11,293 hamlets. SANDEEP ASHAR spends a day with MH 09A 9646 and its driver as they travel 148 km to deliver water to some of the most parched villages of Palghar district.
Both Rabi and Kharif crops have been hit in these areas with water scarcity taking a toll on human and animals alike. Failure of crops like jowar, napier grass, maize, etc, has triggered a serious fodder crisis, which has threatened livestock across the state.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “In the last three years, Jalyukta Shivar work was taken in phases across 16,621 villages. Of these 11,247 villages have become water reliant. The remaining will become water reliant by December 2018.”
Mokhada district in Maharashtra is facing acute shortage of water and government tankers supply water to the villagers only one time a day. This water scarcity will significantly increase with time, if proper measures are not taken immediately.