In late summers our news channels, social media were flooded with the water scarcity related news. Today Maharashtra is facing a severe flood situation and suddenly all the water scarcity related coverage both from news media and social media has died down. 


But when we visited the 6 villages in Trimbakeshwar region in Nashik district and collected the information from other rural parts of Maharashtra, the ground reality about drinking water availability is worse than summer times. 

Look at the quality of water being used as “
Drinking Water” by the women of Hirdi village of Trimbakeshwar in this video.


And it’s not just the quality of water but the amount of distance and condition of those roads on which the women of these villages have to travel is simply inhumane. 


Clean drinking water is a basic human need. But for majority rural Maharashtra it is still a pipe dream. Only 42 percent of the rural population has access to drinking water within the household premises.[3] So this is definitely not an issue only in remote areas but more than 50% rural Maharashtra is in need of access to drinking water within the household premises. 

There are many villages which are still waiting for the piped water to reach their villages in Maharashtra. The State Government needs to fast track the infrastructure work in all these villages.

This problem can not be solved by simply installing pipelines. Villagers need training and motivation in solving the complex terrain based problems. Gram Panchayats need to be empowered both with funds and knowledge to solve the water scarcity issues. According to a report by Tata Institute of Social Sciences only 20% Village Water Supply Committees had received training from any agency.

Fetching water is done mainly by women, but their involvement in decision making remains low. Village Water Supply Committees should have an active representation of women members representing all sections. 

As the responsible citizens let's join hands to urge the State government and Zilla Parishads to 

 

  1. Complete the drinking water pipeline work in remotest areas facing acute water shortage on high priority. 

  2. Ensure that all the villages have a working Village Water Supply Committee

  3. Ensure the active involvement of 50% women members representing all sections of the people living in the Gram Panchayat in the Village Water Supply Committee. 


Sources :

  1. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/in-parched-maha-villages-locals-forced-to-enter-deep-wells-walk-barefoot-in-heat-to-fetch-water-3043082 

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMe0fgBEVNg 

  3. https://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/clean-drinking-water-still-pipe-dream-maharashtra 

  4. http://jalshakti-dowr.gov.in/sites/default/files/PaaniFdn_Success_Story_2018.pdf 

  5. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AF2KJR8giWnQmxWat-gA3zmnu9JVgWY5/view?usp=sharing 

In late summers our news channels, social media were flooded with the water scarcity related news. Today Maharashtra is facing a severe flood situation and suddenly all the water scarcity related coverage both from news media and social media has died down. 


But when we visited the 6 villages in Trimbakeshwar region in Nashik district and collected the information from other rural parts of Maharashtra, the ground reality about drinking water availability is worse than summer times. 

Look at the quality of water being used as “
Drinking Water” by the women of Hirdi village of Trimbakeshwar in this video.


And it’s not just the quality of water but the amount of distance and condition of those roads on which the women of these villages have to travel is simply inhumane. 


Clean drinking water is a basic human need. But for majority rural Maharashtra it is still a pipe dream. Only 42 percent of the rural population has access to drinking water within the household premises.[3] So this is definitely not an issue only in remote areas but more than 50% rural Maharashtra is in need of access to drinking water within the household premises. 

There are many villages which are still waiting for the piped water to reach their villages in Maharashtra. The State Government needs to fast track the infrastructure work in all these villages.

This problem can not be solved by simply installing pipelines. Villagers need training and motivation in solving the complex terrain based problems. Gram Panchayats need to be empowered both with funds and knowledge to solve the water scarcity issues. According to a report by Tata Institute of Social Sciences only 20% Village Water Supply Committees had received training from any agency.

Fetching water is done mainly by women, but their involvement in decision making remains low. Village Water Supply Committees should have an active representation of women members representing all sections. 

As the responsible citizens let's join hands to urge the State government and Zilla Parishads to 

 

  1. Complete the drinking water pipeline work in remotest areas facing acute water shortage on high priority. 

  2. Ensure that all the villages have a working Village Water Supply Committee

  3. Ensure the active involvement of 50% women members representing all sections of the people living in the Gram Panchayat in the Village Water Supply Committee. 


Sources :

  1. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/in-parched-maha-villages-locals-forced-to-enter-deep-wells-walk-barefoot-in-heat-to-fetch-water-3043082 

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMe0fgBEVNg 

  3. https://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/clean-drinking-water-still-pipe-dream-maharashtra 

  4. http://jalshakti-dowr.gov.in/sites/default/files/PaaniFdn_Success_Story_2018.pdf 

  5. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AF2KJR8giWnQmxWat-gA3zmnu9JVgWY5/view?usp=sharing 

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