"Water scarcity in state is critical. Power generation (has) affected very badly. I appeal (to) all citizens to save water and use electricity carefully," the officials present at the meeting quoted Chavan as saying. JPN/Agencies
According to a statement by the Mahrashtra government, the state has received just 58.50 mm of rainfall till June 30.
During the meeting, the state government also decided to authorize revenue officials to deploy tankers supplying drinking water wherever necessary. The district administration has been directed to pay the tanker bills immediately.
All ongoing activities to combat scarcity have been given extension till July 31 and the authorities have been asked not to consider value of the crop.
Out of 355 talukas, 194 talukas have received 0 to 25 percent rainfall. In as many as 123 talukas, there has been 25 to 50 percent rainfall while 28 talukas have received 50 to 75 percent rainfall.
While seven talukas have received 75 to 100 percent rainfall, three talukas have received more than 100 percent rains so far.
While districts of Thane, Raigad, Nashik, Dhule, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Pune, Aurangabad, Jalna, Osmanabad, Nanded, Hingoli, Buldhana, Akola, Yavatmal and Chandrapur have received 0 to 25 percent rains, districts like Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Ahmednagar, Solapur, Satara, Kolhapur, Beed, Latur, Parbhani, Washim, Amravati, Wardha, Nagpur, Bhandara, Gondia, Gadchiroli have received 25 to 50 percent rains so far.
Only Sangli district has got more than 50 percent rains, the release said.
The water storage in state reservoirs is only 19 percent at present and 1464 tankers are supplying water to 1359 villages 3317 hamlets.
Out of 35 districts, 34 districts have received less than 50 percent rains and considering the water scarcity, quarterly action plans for drinking water will be prepared from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.
The Cabinet also decided that the first such plan be prepared in five days and plans for water storage in administrative divisions of Pune, Nashik and Aurangabad be prioritized for drinking water only.
Kharif crop sowing has been completed only in 8.43 lakh hectare area out of the kharif land of 134.70 lakh hectare, officials said.
"Water scarcity in state is critical. Power generation (has) affected very badly. I appeal (to) all citizens to save water and use electricity carefully," the officials present at the meeting quoted Chavan as saying.