About 2,265 Water Tankers Deployed

Aurangabad:

Residents of as many as 1,891 villages and 5,459 hamlets across the state are still dependent on tankers to meet their drinking water needs due to deficit rainfall.

Also, the number of tankers currently deployed in the state is 10 times more when compared to the corresponding period last year. On September 10, 2018, the state had deployed a total of 258 water tankers to cater to the drinking water needs of people in 259 villages and 391 hamlets. However, this year, the number has risen to 2,265.

Of the total tankers currently deployed across the state, more than half (1,250) are deployed in the Marathwada region alone. Parbhani, Hingoli and Nanded are the only three of the eight districts in Marathwada where tankers have not been deployed.

After Marathwada, Pune has deployed the highest number of tankers — 585 — to supply water to 500 villages and 3,136 hamlets spread across five districts.

The highest number of water tankers (749) is deployed in the Beed district, followed by Ahmednagar (383), Solapur (345), Osmanabad (185) and Aurangabad (171).

Vidarbha and Konkan regions have received sufficient rainfall. Meanwhile, in Amravati, one village in the Buldhana district is dependent on water tankers.

An official from the Aurangabad revenue divisional commissionerate has ruled out the possibility of the region becoming tanker-free. “Unless there is a miracle and the parched Marathwada region gets excess rainfall, there is no question of the region being tanker-free,” he said.