With the delayed monsoon, water scarcity in the state continues to be grim with water stock in dams in the drought-hit region of Marathwada now down to only 1 per cent. As of Thursday, the overall water stock across the state is 9 per cent.
Water available in Konkan region is at 29 per cent, in Nagpur it is 17 per cent, in Amravati it is 10 per cent, in Nashik it is nine per cent and in Pune it stands at seven per cent.
Last year, available water stock in all dams on the same day was 16 per cent while it was 5 percent in Marathwada, said a state government official.
The drinking water situation in Marathwada, which comprises eight districts, continues to be a cause for concern for the government. As of June 13, as many as 936 tankers were deployed in a single district – Beed — to supply drinking water.
In all, close to 13,000 villages are facing acute water shortage across the state and 6,140 water tankers are supplying drinking water to these villages. This is the highest number of water tankers have been deployed in the recent years.
Out of the 6,140 tankers, 4,003 water tankers are supplying water in Marathwada region, where 3,983 villages are facing acute water shortage.