With the summer reaching its peak this month, many villages and towns are facing water scarcity. Against this backdrop, the district administration took stock of the implmentation of water scarcity combat plan. Ashwin Mudgal, District Collector, directed the officials concerned to take up the works in the plan immediately in villages facing scarcity. “If the water demand of a village is not met even after carrying out special repairs of piped water supply schemes, and having tubewells, water should be supplied through tankers. However, care should be taken that the villages get clean groundwater in supply through tankers,” said Mudgal. He was addressing the officials in a meeting held at Bachat Bhavan Sabhagruha in District Collectorate here on Saturday.
Ankush Kedar, officiating Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad (ZP); Sujata Gandhe, Deputy Collector; Jayant Gawali, Superintending Engineer of Command Area Development Authority (CADA); Jitendra Turkhede, Executive Engineer; all Sub-Divisional Officers and Block Development Officers (BDOs) in the district; Chief Officers of all municipal councils in the district; Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran, Groundwater Survey and Development Agency, Rural Water Supply Department were present in the meeting. In the district, 54 tankers have been deployed to supply water to 33 villages. These include nine in Kamptee tehsil, 12 in Hingna, and 23 in Nagpur Rural tehsil.
“The responsibility to ensure that water being supplied through tankers is safe rests with BDO concerned. Besides, bills of tanker contractors should not be cleared unless GPS devices are installed on each of the tankers,” Mudgal said. As per the water scarcity combat plan, 1,285 measures have been approved for 995 villages. This entails expenditure of Rs 25.98 crore. As per the sanctioned plan, 10 schemes are being implemented. The schemes should be completed within eight days, said the District Collector. The responsbility of implementing water scarcity combat plan rests with BDOs in rural areas, and Chief Officers in municipal council areas. They will be as Nodal Officers for respective areas. Sub-Divisional Officers concerned will be Monitoring Officers.
Mudgal asked them to take stock of implementation of the plan every eight days. As water scarcity is worsening in municipal areas, Mudgal asked the officials concerned to accord priority to supplying water there. Necessary measures should be taken at the earliest to ensure water supply to Wadi, Wanadongri, Mowad, and Kalmeshwar municipal areas. Parts of Wadi are sourcing water supply from dead storage of Venna reservoir, and 14 wells, and 14 tubewells. From Ambazari lake, alternative arrangement for supply has been made. Wanadongri is getting water supply from Borgaon project, and a new piped water supply scheme is proposed from Kanholibara project. Kalmeshwar is getting supply from Pench reservoir, and further supply is proposed from Kochi project, which will get approval in three months. The District Collector asked the Chief Officer to follow up the matter. Mowad town is getting water from acquired wells.