Nasik: The workers of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) stormed the district collectorate on Thursday seeking early intervention to ensure that the citizens of Nashik get water to drink. They were led by the party’s regional vice-president Rahul Dhikle and mayor Ashok Murtadak among others.
The morcha by MNS workers started from Trimbak Naka and reached the collectorate after passing through ND Patel Road and MG Road, where it culminated into a rally.
Addressing the rally, Dhikle and Murtadak said the government has purposely allowed the release of water from the dams in Nashik to Aurangabad, where the availability of drinking water was already more than needed.
“The government is politically biased towards the Marathwada region and is favouring its people. It is unfortunate that the people of Nashik did not get time to react. The government has betrayed the people of Nashik over the issue and siphoned off water from the region. The government should now make alternative drinking water arrangement for the people as well as farmers,” Dhikle said.
Murtadak met the district collector and presented him a memorandum drawing the attention of the state government towards the fact that the dams were not left with sufficient drinking water for the citizens here. He warned that the government would be responsible for law and order issues arising out of the situation.
“The Nashik Municipal Corporation requires 350 million litres of water daily. The available water stock in the Gangapur dam is significantly low. This will create serious problems in the city as far as drinking water is concerned. Hence, we want the state government to find a solution so that the citizens do not suffer,” Murtadak said.
The collector said he would take up the issue with the government and try to find out measures that will be in the interest of the citizens.