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