MP: Malawanchal faces severe water crisis

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Ujjain, MP, Nov 2: Denizens of Madhya Pradesh's Malawa region have started adopting all possible ways to combat the water crisis.

In view of lowering ground water level, people have started digging wells and constructing tanks to conserve water. People with less finances have been digging 'Payal', a small bore of 40-50 feet with the help of an iron rod.

The water was being supplied in several districts in this division with one or two days gap.

City-resident Trader Sitaram Sharma (60) said such a water crisis was seen in 1990, but then the water was supplied on alternate days only in the summer season.

According to local residents, no flood was reported in Kshipra river and the stored water became dirty with burgeoning water weeds.

Many construction-related works have been hampered because of water shortage, which is increasing unemployment.

Ujjain district received merely 611.1 mm rains this monsoon against the average of 1118.7 mm. Keeping in view the shortage, the main water sources of the town -- Gambhir Dam, Kshipra river, stop dams built on small rivers and lakes -- have been declared as 'conserved' and the irrigation have been also fully banned from them.

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