Bundelkhand is not the only drought-hit region in India, there are similar problems happening in Maharashtra’s Marathwada. That was the first thought of Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh government when the Centre offered to send a water train to Bundelkhand.
The railway minister’s offer to send water via trains to Mahoba in Bundelkhand was declined pointing out that Uttar Pradesh is not facing the kind of water crises occurring in Marathwada. The state government has taken multiple steps to get the situation under control. More than 2.5 lakh relief packages have been distributed and ration will be given to the families till the conditions don’t improve. Apart from these, Samajwadi Pension has been a boon for the people in Bundelkhand region along with the installation of 3226 Mark-2 hand pumps. At several panchayats in the area, 398 water tankers have been demobilized by the Chief Minister and more than 2000 wells are being dug up to meet the water shortage.
“The ministry made us the offer but we told them that the current situation does not merit the interventions that were needed in Marathwada. We have asked them to supply water when we will raise a demand,” said Suresh Chandra, Principal Secretary Revenue, Uttar Pradesh. Although, Akhilesh Yadav has requested the Government of India to send 10,000 road tankers to ensure adequate of distribution of water in Bundelkhand from available resources, around the region. The Uttar Pradesh government has made suitable arrangements to meet the water scarcity in Bundelkhand.
It takes a lot of courage to think of others in times of hardships and we salute the Uttar Pradesh government for this act.