In­dus­tries in dry Au­rangabad may have to shut down

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ke­taki Ghoge ke­taki.ghoge@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AU­RANGABAD: Even as the con­tro­versy over dis­tribut­ing wa­ter to brew­eries in droughthit Marath­wada con­tin­ues, there are se­ri­ous con­cerns that Au­rangabad’s in­dus­trial hub, spread across four clus­ters and 5,000 units, may have to shut down be­cause of wa­ter short­age. This may ren­der lakhs of peo­ple job­less be­cause there is lit­tle ru­ral em­ploy­ment in the re­gion owing to the drought.

The in­take well at the Nath­sagar reser­voir ( of the Jayak­wadi dam), from where it draws wa­ter, is cur­rently op­er­at­ing at dead wa­ter stor­age and is likely to dry up within the next 10 days. To solve the prob­lem, the Ma­ha­rash­tra In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MIDC) on Tues­day sent a let­ter to the state gov­ern­ment seek­ing per­mis­sion to build a canal from the sub­mer­gence of the dam to its in­take well to en­sure wa­ter sup­ply con­tin­ues and the in­dus­trial es­tates do not shut down. This canal, how­ever, falls un­der the am­bit of the Jayak­wadi bird sanc­tu­ary and re­quires a go-ahead from the for­est depart­ment, which has said clear­ances can­not be given im­me­di­ately.

The MIDC in Au­rangabad has four in­dus­trial cen­tres near the city, spread across 3,134 hectares, and gets 54 mil­lion litres daily (MLD) of wa­ter for these clus­ters, along with drink­ing wa­ter for 13 ad­join­ing vil­lages. If its wa­ter sup­ply is cut, it could ren­der the work­ers job­less in May. >> CON­TIN­UED ON P11 >> RE­LATED RE­PORT, P11

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