Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Dec 6 : As many as 520 tankers have been pressed into service in Aurangabad, Jalna and Beed districts of Marathawada region where drinking water situation has worsened owing to scanty rainfall.
In a weekly official report, the Divisional Commissioner stated that currently 520 water tankers are engaged in the three regions to meet drinking water problem faced by 398 villages and 16 hamlets. Gangapue, Vaijapur, Aurangabad and Paithan talukas in Aurangabad district are the worst hit.
In Aurangabad district, 322 villages and 12 hamlets are getting water through 408 water tankers followed by 61 tankers in Jalna to 32 villages and two hamlets, Beed district-- 45 tankers for 39 villages and one hamlet, Osmanabad district-- four tankers for as many villages and Nanded-- two tankers for one villages and one hamlet, the report said.
So far, rest of the districts-- Hingoli, Latur and Parbhani-- did not need any water tankers, they said. At present, ground water level has been depleting due to scanty rainfall and all the water resources in the region are running dry due to less rainfall.
All the major, minor and medium dams of the region have run dry due to insufficient rainfall and holding only 22 per cent live water stocks, the report added. UNI