In order to provide drinking water in the drought-hit regions of Maharashtra, the Believers Church, Nagpur has installed 101 borewells across the state for the worst affected areas and communities.
“The country is facing severe heat wave and people are facing scarcity of water. People have to walk down several miles to fetch drinking water. Apart from this, the farmers are not able to do the cultivation of foodgrain due to severe scarcity of water. The installation of borewells will not only make their lives easier but also help them in carrying on with cultivation,” said Bishop BK Lukose who led the exercise.
The areas were decided after assessing the severity of water scarcity in various regions of the state in consultation with the local authorities.
“In some cases local politicians came forward and sought intervention. For example we have installed 25 borewells in Amaravati and Yavatmal areas of Vidharba Region after receiving a request from the local MLA Bacchu Kadu”, the Bishop added.
Other Bore Wells were installed in more than 101 villages of Maharashtra in various districts like Chandrapur, Wardha, Nagpur, Gadchiroli and Bhandara.
Dr KP Yohannan, Metropolitan of Believers Church said, “It is important to ensure that these people get some water supply not only to sustain themselves but also to ensure that farming. We are doing this exercise in other states of the country as well.”
Last month the Mumbai division of the church reached out to the drought victims of Latur by supplying water and food to the 12 most affected villages of the region.
Earlier this month, the Church had also installed hand pumps and tubewells in more than 104 drought affected villages of Uttar Pradesh.