Hingoli: The water scarcity in Hingoli city and the rural areas has reached an alarming level. The ground water levels in this region have fallen. There is no water available in the wells, hand pumps and bore wells. People are now forced to walk for miles on in search of drinking water. Some are going to the farm lands and forests to get some water. While some are going to private water suppliers to buy water to quench their thirst.
Along with people, the fodder for animals has become scarce. The reservoirs in this region, Siddheshwar, Eesapur and Yaldari are the main dams, wherein the water dried up. River Kayadhu too dried up before the summer set in, causing an emergency situation in this region.
Currently, 38 tankers are being deployed in this region to provide drinking water to the people. In Kalamnuri taluka, 10 tankers, in Hingoli 9 tankers, Aundha Nagnath 5 tankers and Vasmat 4 tankers. Many villages in Aundha and Wasmat talukas used to get water from from Siddheshwar and Yaldari dams, but now with water reaching dead level in dams, the people are left stranded.
All those villages which were never dependent on water tankers are now getting water from tankers. The other villages reeling under shortage of water are Kher Kheda in Sengaon taluka, Pankaner village, Kahakar and others are struggling to get water. Villagers in these areas are clamouring for water tanker service.