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Pawar spells out plan to address water scarcity

Addressing a function to observe Maharashtra Day on Tuesday,Deputy chief minister and Pune guardian minister Ajit Pawar said the state government was making all efforts to address water scarcity in several parts of the state including Pune district.

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 3, 2012 4:13:55 am

Addressing a function to observe Maharashtra Day on Tuesday,Deputy chief minister and Pune guardian minister Ajit Pawar said the state government was making all efforts to address water scarcity in several parts of the state including Pune district. Among the steps,the state government has decided to buy water tankers from private operators to supply water in areas facing water scarcity.

Pune district has been sanctioned Rs 13 crore for addressing water scarcity and the state government will reach out to private tanker operators to have tanker supply regulated in areas facing water scarcity,said Pawar at the function held at Shivajinagar on Tuesday to mark the 52nd anniversary of the state.

The district administration has given clearance to more than 100 wells in the district.

The government has also declared that farmers in areas facing severe water crunch will be given relief in collection of dues as well as given a subsidy in electricity bill to the tune of 33.5 per cent. The exam fees of students in these areas will also be waived. Pawar said the water scarcity will continue for another month-and-a-half. He said all water-related works will be cleared at the earliest.

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