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No pani in Rupani’s Gujarat: Morbi women smash pots in protest against water shortage
The women in Morbi, Gujarat, smashed and broke their pots to protest against water shortage in the area. The protesting women can be seen standing infuriated in the scorching heat as they throw and break their pots to protest.
Children also participated in the protest along with the women.
Women and kids protest against water shortage in Morbi | Photo from ANI/Twitter
Gujarat is undergoing a severe water crisis as it goes through hot summer.
The agitation among the people has been intensifying as the water levels in the state’s 204 reservoirs are currently at 29 per cent full, down from around 40 per cent in June, 2017.
The women have been drawing water from virda which are small pits dug in the dry riverbed of Machhu near Maliya town in Morbi district.
The authorities have tried to supply water through tankers but the supply is exceedingly intermittent.
According to a report, the Gujarat government had sanctioned Rs 20.66 crore for emergency water works in Morbi district.
According to the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL), over 10,000 villages and 167 urban centres of Gujarat depend on Narmada for drinking water.
The government in Gujarat decided in February this year not to provide Narmada water for irrigation after March 15 and at the same time, it also took the decision to provide Narmada water only for drinking purpose till July 31.
The Vijay Rupani government in Gujarat has also sought divine intervention from Indra it seems.
CM Vijay Ruapni performing yagna on the bank of Pirasar lake, Dhandhuka in Gujarat | Photo from Vijay Rupani/Twitter
Last month, the state government planned yagnas for early monsoon and decided to carry out state-wide yagnas to complement its other efforts to prevent the water crisis, such as increasing the depth of water reservoirs in the state.
The yagnas was organised on May 31 across 33 districts.