Water Scarcity: Chief Minister Directs District Administrations to Provide Tankers in Response to Water Scarcity within 3 Days | Aurangabad News

Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: Chief minister Eknath Shinde has asked all the eight district administrations of Marathwada to provide tankers in areas affected by water scarcity within three days of demand being placed. Shinde, who held a review meeting of the region on Thursday, also asked for periodic quality checks of drinking water supplied to the people and no power cuts for water supply agencies of the local self-governing bodies even if the electricity bills are pending.During the meeting, Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar divisional commissioner Madhukarraje Adrad informed that a total of 354 revenue circles from 68 talukas in Marathwada have been declared as drought-hit and the region is currently witnessing supply of 1,837 tankers. “All the district administrations in Marathwada have been told to publish contact numbers on which the citizens from affected areas can contact for official help. We are also taking help of different NGOs to improve the groundwater level in the region by undertaking conservation and other efforts,” Shinde said. While asking to prioritize the available stock of water in Marathwada strictly for drinking purpose, the chief minister instructed that fodder availability for livestock must be also ensured. Stating that the state government is closely monitoring the water situation in Marathwada, Shinde said all the district administrations have been told to implement official relief measures in letter and spirit without procedural delays.The review meeting, which was held in a limited presence due to the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha, was also attended by rural development minister Girish Mahajan, water supply minister Gulabrao Patil and public health minister Tanaji Sawant along with other elected representatives.

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