Keep Holi dry, CM tells cit­i­zens as Maha bat­tles wa­ter cri­sis

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: As wa­ter lev­els reach dan­ger­ously low lev­els in the state’s dams, the govern­ment has stepped in to avoid wastage.

The state has asked civic bod­ies not to sup­ply wa­ter to swim­ming pools, and with the fes­ti­val of holi around the cor­ner, is urg­ing peo­ple not to hold rain dances.

CM Deven­dra Fad­navis sent out a per­sonal ap­peal ask­ing cit­i­zens to cel­e­brate a “dry Holi” , by play­ing only with colours, not wa­ter.

“We have writ­ten to all mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sion­ers and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers of mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils not to sup­ply wa­ter to swim­ming pools in ar­eas fac­ing acute wa­ter short­age,” said Girish Ma­ha­jan, the wa­ter re­sources min­is­ter. At present, there is just 26% wa­ter left in dams across the state. Marath­wada is left with just 5% wa­ter.

“Wa­ter stock is lim­ited and we have to cover the next four months. Peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas have to travel 5-6 km just to get drink­ing wa­ter. In some cities, wa­ter is be­ing sup­plied once a week, in some oth­ers, it is once a month,” Ma­ha­jan told re­porters in Vid­han Bha­van.

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