Aurangabad (Maharashtra), Mar 11: Following a deficit monsoon, Marathwada is staring at acute water crisis as administration is mulling to engage additional tankers which will play messiah for residents grappling with water scarcity in the region.
As per the updated reports issued by the Divisional Administration on Monday, at present 1,682 water tankers are in services to 1,250 affected villages and 450 hamlets in the region covering more than 27 lakh populations in eight districts.
As per the reports, Aurangabad district, head quarter of the region remains the worst-affected district, where 785 water tankers are engaged in supplying water to 547 villages and 219 hamlets comprising 12.43lakh populations. It is followed by the worst drought-prone Beed, where 503 tankers were supplying water to 396 villages and 171 hamlets to 7.58 lakh populations.
In Jalna, 289 water tankers are supplying water to 238 villages and 42 affected hamlets to 5.19 lakhs peoples, while in Osmanabad 43 tankers are supplying water to 37 villages.
As many as 31 tankers are providing water to 17 villages and 16 hamlet in Nanded, whereas 16 tankers are supplying water to 9 villages and 2 hamlets in Hingoli. In addition, five tankers have been engaged each in five villages in Parbhani and Latur distrits.
Meanwhile, authorities have this week acquired 52 more wells to fill the tankers with drinking water, taking the total number of acquired wells to 2293 as compared to 2249 last week, the report added.UNI