Moderate to heavy showers lashed parts of Saurashtra on Sunday even as fear of acute water shortage looms large over the region due to delayed monsoon.
Districts like Rajkot,Amreli and Bhavnagar received rainfall in the evening.
In Rajkot city,heavy rain was accompanied with lightning and high velocity wind. The city received one inch of rainfall.
This may bring some relief to the residents as,according to the irrigation department,as many as 42 dams out of total 135 in Saurashtra have hit rock bottom. According to the departments figures,a little over 8 per cent of the total holding capacity is available in these dams.
At present,three cities Jamnagar,Amreli and Bhavnagar get drinking water supply every alternate day. In Junagadh,supply is cut once a week while Bhuj gets water on every third day. Porbandar is the only city which is getting drinking water on daily basis.
But this situation is likely to get worse if monsoon does not hit the region in the next seven days.
The Jamnagar Municipal Corporation has decided to have a review meeting by next weekend to decide on water cut. We will try to see that residents have to face minimum inconvenience, said Mayor Ami Parekh.
Jamnagar draws water from Ranjitsagar,Und and Sasoi dams,along with Narmada water. While local reservoirs are fast drying up,the supply of Narmada water is proving to be inadequate.
Officials at the Rajkot Municipal Corporation have maintained that two-day water cut per week is likely if there will be no fresh flow in reservoirs in the coming week. But fresh showers may change the situation completely.
While supply through water tankers has already started in villages of Jamnagar,Rajkot,Kutch,Amreli and Surendranagar districts,farmers have kept their fingers crossed.
Some of us have done sowing following pre-monsoon showers. Delay in monsoon poses threat of destroying seeds due to lack of water, said Lalji Patel,a farmer from Rajkot district.