Latur, April 19: At a time when Maharshtra’s Latur is facing severe water crisis and people are fighting for every drop of water, a Muslim man distributes 8000-10000 litres of free water everyday to 150-200 households from his borewell to the drought affected people. Sheikh Abdulmateen, a teacher by profession, has been providing water free to several families in the parched Latur in Marathwada region of Maharashtra.

Sheikh Abdulmateen, who teaches maths in Surat Shah Wali Urdu school, resides in Aman Colony in India Nagar area of Latur. A long queue of people seeking water is being seen daily outside Abdulmateen’s house. He himself sits for 3-4 hours and provides water to needy people. “During the construction work of my house, I needed to dig a borwell. Alhumdulillah (by the grace of God), we found water after digging. Since the area is witnessing severe water crisis, daily 150-200 families come to collect free-water from my borwell,” said Abdulmateen. (ALSO READ: Latur water crisis: BJP Minister Eknath Khadse accused of wasting 10 thousand litres of water to build helipad)

“Since the authorities have imposed section 144, I personally distribute water to avoid any ruckus. People make a long queue to get water between 4 PM to 8 PM. Initially I used to give free-water twice in a day, but now offer on a day gap basis so that the water can be used for long period,” explained Abdulmaten.

Total 27,723 villages, nearly half of the 43,000 villages in Maharashtra have been declared drought-hit. Recently, the state government declared drought in 11,962 villages in Vidarbha region. The Marathwada region of the state is severely hit by lack of rainfall. According to officials, of the 75 medium dams in Marathwada, 54 have dried up and the region is left with paltry 380 million cubic metres of usable water.

In this crisis-situation, Sheikh Abdulmateen service towards people of his locality is commendable. At a time when water is being offered on a high cost, Abdulmateen is providing water free of charge. His selfless service for the cause of humanity must be appreciated.