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Posted on Dec 27, 10:20AM | UNI
Drinking water situation was worsening in the Marathwada region, with around ten lakh people in the region dependent on water tankers.
The situation in Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed and Osmanabad districts was quite grim as they received only 50 per cent rainfall of their annual average rainfall.
In Jalna district, 3.85 lakh people -- the highest in any district of the region -- are depending on tankers whereas the entire district was affected. Beed, Aurangabad and Osmanabad are getting water through tankers.
At present, there are 416 water tankers providing water to the region compared to 325 tankers during last fortnight and it will be go up to 1000 tankers in coming days, sources said.
All the major and minor water resources in the region are nearly dry this year due to sanctity rainfall. Ground level in these four districts has gone down, resulting in acute water shortage.
The administration has deployed several takers to supply water to the affected areas. In Osmanabad district, 537 tube wells were acquired, while in Aurangabad 265 wells were acquired to fill up water tankers.
The sources added that administration had already spent Rs 80 crore his year and in future are expecting need of Rs 425 crore for tackling drought like situation in the region and the proposal in this regard has been already sent to the state government, they added.
However, in rest of the four districts Parbhani, Latur, Nanded and Hingoli, the water situation is better to some extent due to enough rainfall.