Pawar asks people to brace for water cut

Union minister backs CM's observation on non-judicious use of water in Pune.

Asking people to brace for water cuts to meet drought situation, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar supported Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's observation about Puneites being non-judicious users of water. Pawar was speaking at a function organised by Mandesh Foundation in the city on Friday.

Chavan had on Thursday claimed that Puneites were non-judicious users of water and had called for making water meters compulsory in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Pawar said with the state facing the worst drought in the recent times, people should not complain if water cuts are imposed to mitigate drought situation. "Many of the so called experts have called for a complete ban on lift irrigation system. Such experts should be made to stay in Man taluka where water scarcity is almost a permanent reality," he said.

Pawar also came out in support of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar who was under a cloud for corruption allegations in various irrigation projects undertaken in the state. "At times, the government has to take tough decisions keeping the legal framework aside as it might be for the betterment of the state," he said.

Pawar said big dams will not be enough to solve the water requirements of the state. "We need to develop watershed areas in the villages and conserve every drop of water," he said.

Pawar's criticism was directed against the allegations of "water being stolen" and he wondered if water was a commodity to be stolen.

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