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Use of dam water for Chennai Express angers villagers in drought-hit Maharashtra

The local villagers allege that the unit set up a garden and water was used for its maintenance.

Shah Rukh Khan,Deepika Padukone’s Chennai Express has run into troubled waters literally.

Maharashtra’s irrigation department has asked for a report from the concerned officials about the excess water usage from the Dhom dam in Satara for the movie’s shoot.

Satara is one of the worst hit regions of Maharashtra,which has been reeling under a severe drought.

The local villagers allege that not only was the water extracted from the dam,but the unit also set up a garden and they used the dam water for its maintenance too.

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Speaking about the water usage,Pradip Patil,Executive Engineer- Dhom Dam,said that team of irrigation officials are looking into the issue and a report will be submitted to higher authorities in shortly.

He added that the report will contain all the details that will serve as an answer to those who raised questions about the supply and use of water.

Patil also added that permission was granted by the irrigation department to the production team for their film’s shooting and for that,the company had also paid the advance money.

Krishanu Sarvabhaum,Line Producer- Red Chillies Entertainment,said that not just the water used at the sets were purchased and the workers were provided mineral water,but also all the required permissions were taken from the irrigation department for shooting at the Dhom dam.

A few days ago veteran actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar had also become a victim of his neighbours’ ire because he had reported about water wastage in his colony.

Chennai Express has been directed by Rohit Shetty and is slated to release on Eid this year.