The drinking water situation in Marathwada was grim and would worsen in April and May if a contingency plan was not drawn up,minister of state for forest and rehabilitation Patangrao Kadam said on Friday. Speaking at a meeting of Congress workers,Kadam said he had been apprised of the acute drinking water shortage in Jalna district.
He said he had spoken to CM Prithviraj Chavan,who agreed to release Rs 30 crore for a drinking water scheme. He said he also held a meeting with officials in Aurangabad and Jalna and directed them to take necessary steps to tackle the situation. Kadam said he told the officials to reserve water in Jayakwadi dam for drinking,not release it for any other purpose.