Mumbai, April 23: Maharashtra government is set to take immediate measures to address the drought situation in the state. Chief Minister Devendra fadnavis has approached the Indian Railways to provide water in regions which are facing acute shortage. While the water-scarcity in Latur has been addressed to an extent through the Jaldoot Express, the state government is seeking help of Railways to counter the alarming situation in the sub-urban extensions of Mumbai. Also Read - COVID-19: Maharashtra Warns of Strict Action Against Violators; Districts to Review Situation, Impose Lockdown
Railways will supply water in the regions of Navi Mumbai and Thane. Both the neighbouring areas of Mumbai are facing water-shortage. While water-supply in Navi Mumbai has been decreased by 50 per cent since the January, the region of Thane receives water for merely an hour once in 3 days. The situation is even worse in villages of the region. (ALSO READ: Drought in Maharashtra: Anna Hazare’s model village Ralegaon Siddhi also devastated by water-scarcity) Also Read - Maharashtra: 500 Booked For Flouting COVID-19 Norms at Birthday Party in Thane
The water would be arranged from Railway dam located in Maharashtra’s Igatpuri. The reservoir is 17 kilometres long and has sufficient amount of water in storage. Also Read - Rail Roko: Farmers Block Tracks But Protests remain Peaceful Across Country | Key Points
However, the Railway had been reluctant to supply water citing concerns that it may face a scarcity for its won use if water from the dam is supplied to drought-hit regions of Maharashtra. But constant activism of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) pounded pressure on the Devendra Fadnavis-government to take decisive action.
Drought situation in Maharashtra is intensifying as water resources in most parts of state are drying. The reservoir in parched Marathwada district has only 3 per cent of storage left. The state-government has launched the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan to conserve water in the upcoming monsoon season. Experts have opined that a robust watershed management system is the solution to the water-crisis in the state.