Maharashtra: Water supply in Latur district till June 2019, says Guardian Minister

Latur: Dispelling extreme drought like conditions, the Guardian Minister of Latur, Sambhaji Patil Nilengkar said, the water levels in the Manjra are sufficient for 45 million cubic metres. There is no fear for Latur city as the current water supply will be sufficient till June 2019.

Due to the continuous drought conditions in the last three years, the water reservoir Manjra dam was damaged. In 2015-16, the state government officials sent a train to provide drinking water to Latur. Likewise, there is sufficient supply for Latur district too. Nilangekar appealed to citizens not to worry about water shortage. He added, “However, to overcome the water shortage, using it frugally and rationally will only help us overcome the shortage.”

Nilangekar was speaking at the review meeting of the rabi season when the members of the canal advisory committee met with the District Collector. The officials said, “The district has received below average rainfall and a drought-like situation has been created. However, after reviewing the overall water projects in the district, citizens should not be worried about water scarcity since the water will be available till June 2019.”

The officials of Latur Municipal Corporation were asked to stop all the water leakage in the supply scheme and urged the citizens to maximise their awareness about installatinig proper water meters to plug these leakages.  “All the Municipal Councils / Nagar Panchayat officers and district development officials should prepare the water scarcity plans at their level and present them to the district administration under the supervision of the sub-divisional officers,” the Latur Municipal Commissioner advised.

Similarly, the Latur, Udgir and Ahmedpur municipalities, were asked to undertake the work of Amrut Yojana. Nilangekar was asked to create a squad comprising of police and water resources department staff at the district and sub-divisional level to conduct checks and create awareness regarding the scarcity. The guardian minister will also review the ongoing work.

An official informed, “The work of Amrit scheme in Latur Municipal Corporation is slow. If this work is completed then the collector can supply adequate water to the entire city.” All officials have been asked to conduct weekly meetings with updated records of impending work, water supply and action taken.

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