Nagpur: Expressing dissatisfaction over working of Zilla Parishad’s Water Supply Department the Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawanukule on Saturday warned the concerned officials to either speed up measures for tackling water shortage or face a stern action. The Minister directed the District Collector to ensure that the officials put their act together and mitigate the water shortage problem. At the same time, Bawankule announced to provide Rs 75 crore in three years for repairing of bandharas (embankment or raised boundary of field) in the district.
A review meeting, in view of water shortage many areas face in the harsh summer, was held at Bachat Bhavan Hall of Collectorate here on Saturday. Apart from Bawankule, others who attended the meeting include Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane, Mayor Pravin Datke, ZP President Nishtai Sawarkar, Deputy President Sharad Donekar, MLAs Mallikarjun Reddy, Sunil Kedar, Ashish Deshmukh, Sudhir Parve, MLCs Anil Sole, Prakash Gajbhiye, Jogendra Kawade, District Collector Sachin Kurve, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Chief Executive Officer Shivajirao Jondhale and others.
Bawankule further said that stock of water in reservoirs near Nagpur is adequate to last till November this year. In the meeting, the District Collector submitted a Rs 19.47 crore proposal for initiating 1904 measures for tackling water shortage from October 2015 to June 2016. On the proposal, the Minister assured that the funds will not be a constrain. The funds will be made available but the works should be carried out speedily as well as qualitatively. He said the work of digging borewells must be completed before June 30. Similarly, Rs 75 crore would be provided in three years for repairing of 2000 bandharas through District Planning Committee.