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Ajit Pawar reviews water scarcity,draws up plan

With rainfall in Pune district being sparse so far and dams and lakes still at low levels,Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar,after a meeting to review the water scarcity said the district administration has been directed to ask farmers not to use lake water for irrigation purposes until the situation improves

With rainfall in Pune district being sparse so far and dams and lakes still at low levels,Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar,after a meeting to review the water scarcity said the district administration has been directed to ask farmers not to use lake water for irrigation purposes until the situation improves.

After the meeting,Pawar,addressing a press meet said,“The most affected are Baramati,Indapur,Purandar,Bhor and Daund talukas. Water tankers have been allocated for these regions.” He said 133 tankers are operating for the 13 talukas of Pune district and if the situation did not improve,more will be pressed into service. He said wells are drying up and efforts are on to tap new water sources.

The situation in Daund and Baramati is particularly alarming,and have water to last just eight days,he said. “I have asked the district collector to stop water for irrigation whenever required and give priority to drinking water supply. Electricity in Daund and Baramati will be cut off from 6 to 8 am,when water is supplied. This is being done as those who have electric pumps draw most of the water while others are left high and dry.”

Pawar added that Ujani Dam in Indapur Taluka of the district that provides water to rural Pune,besides Ahmednagar and Solapur,has run dry,and the situation of Veer dam in Pune district is the same. The situation is also grave in several parts of the state,with June rainfall being 53 per cent of the average. The state has at present only 15 per cent water left for drinking,and 187 villages are completely dependent on tankers for water,he said. The state has put in Rs 3.98 crore for distribution of free fodder for cattle.

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When asked about rain-seeding for Pune,he said,“The government has tried it but it has not been very successful. So,no money will be spent on artificial rainfall,” he said.

First published on: 27-06-2012 at 01:24:44 am
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