August 9, 2015 1:12:53 am
The state government is likely to use train services to supply water to the drought-hit regions of Marathwada.
Reports from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Revenue have confirmed that the water crisis that has massively hit 12,000 of a total of 25,000 villages in Latur, Osmanabad, Jalna, Beed and Parbhani districts, owing to low water level in dams as well as scanty rainfall, requires government intervention.
Agriculture minister Eknath Khadse said: “It is getting difficult to sustain water supply in some districts of Marathwada as the dams still have a low water level.
Depending wholly on tankers would be expensive as we have to get water from places that are at least 150km to 200km away from the villages. So we have decided deploy train services to carry water. Once water reaches the drought-hit districts, it would be disbursed through water tankers.”
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has urged the Centre to provide more financial help to help tide over the situation.
A team from the Centre is likely to visit the region next week to ascertain the needs. Fadnavis said, “The long gap of 40 to 45 days after the first spell of rain have wreaked havoc. Although we have a contigency plan in place to resow kharif, the situation remains worrisome.”
The government has also started to review and make plans to tackle the onset of the early summers beginning March 2016.
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