Water crisis in Latur deepens, 50 per cent cut in supply 

The monsoon is not over, but Latur in Marathwada is already facing a severe water crisis.

Published: 21st August 2019 10:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2019 10:42 AM   |  A+A-

School students dry their books after flood waters receded in Sangli | PTI

Express News Service

MUMBAI: The monsoon is not over, but Latur in Marathwada is already facing a severe water crisis. The district administration has announced a 50 per cent cut in the water supply as a measure to mitigate the crisis.

There is also a danger of drought in Latur. Apart from the Jaikwadi dam in Aurangabad, which is almost full due to a flooded Godavari in Nashik, other dams and reservoirs in eight districts hold only 30 per cent water. The two major dams — Manjra and lower Terna — eight medium reservoirs and 24 high-level bunds have zero water stock. Since this is mid monsoon, some wells still have some water. But, zero usable stock in reservoirs means that the district will face the worst water crisis, similar to what it faced three years ago when a special train ran between Miraj and Latur to bring water.

Latur has received only 35% average seasonal rainfall this year. At present, 110 tankers are being used in the district to supply water. These tankers draw water from 797 wells that still have water. But what will happen when this water is over.

Manjra dam has only 6 TMC water and hence the district administration has decided to supply water only twice from September. “The decision will be applicable not only to the Latur Municipal Corporation but for all other municipal councils and municipalities,” said district collector G Shrikant.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday cleared several proposals, including `4,800 worth of works for the Marathwada Water project in Beed.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp