Good monsoon, conservation steps push down tanker sales
Nashik: Only three water tankers were registered with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in the financial year 2016-17 clearly stating that the water scarcity situation across the district is much better than the previous years.
The vehicle population of Nashik district grew by seven per cent in 2016-17.
By the end of March 31, 2017, the Nashik RTO has a registered population of 14,63,582 vehicles in its jurisdiction as against 13,65,292 vehicles in March 31, 2016.
However, by the end of March 31, 2017, the Nashik RTO had only 839 water tankers registered with it — only three new water tankers were added in Nashik from April 1, 206 to March 31, 2017.
Senior officials of the RTO attributed the minimal rise in the number of tankers to the good rainfall Nashik region received last monsoon.
The officials added that the rains were pretty good the last monsoon compared to the previous year following which people may not have felt the need to purchase tankers for the water supplying business.
Prakash Nandanware, district water supply officer, said, "Nashik district received good rainfall last year.
However, during its previous year, the rainfall was 63 per cent of the annual average rainfall, following which water scarcity was felt in many parts of the district."
"Taking into account the water scarcity that struck Nashik two years ago, the district administration undertook various measures to ensure that people do not face water shortage.
"While people may be using the services of private water tanker suppliers for functions like weddings, the district administration has pressed into service only 36 water tankers currently — mainly concentrating in Baglan, Yeola, Nandgaon and Malegaon," said the official.