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10% water cut for Aurangabad industries, 20% for breweries

Faced with acute water shortage, Aurangabad authorities in parched Marathwada region on Saturday announced 10 per cent cuts for the industrial units and 20 per cent for breweries and distilleries in the area, hours after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray demanded stoppage of supply.

“We have announced the cut in view of water scarcity. The decision has been taken after discussion with officials concerned,” Aurangabad District Collector Nidhi Pandey said.

“The rate of water evaporation in the reservoirs has increased suddenly due to high temperatures. The cut will be in force for a fortnight. We will review the situation on April 30 and decide on further course of action,” the IAS officer said.

“We have asked industrial units to take steps to save water. The quantum of water cut in the 11 liquor units — seven breweries and four distilleries — is more as they consume more water,” she said. The decision came on a day when Thackeray said Maharashtra government should stop water supply to the beer manufacturing units in the drought-hit Marathwada region to tackle acute shortage of drinking water.

“Water supply to beer units should be stopped in view of the drought,” Uddhav said at Aurangabad, where the breweries are located. However, a BJP minister in the Devendra Fadnavis-led government said cutting off water supply to breweries won’t be a good idea.

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