Taking cognisance of the acute water crisis in the Marathwada region, the Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the State government to authorise a 50 per cent water cut for breweries and distilleries in the area with immediate effect from today and a further 10 per cent cut from May 10.

It also ordered that water cuts for other industrial units be increased by five per cent from the current 20 per cent from May 20 (taking the cumulative water supply slash to 25 per cent). All industrial units in Marathwada get four million litres of water a day from the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). The court’s decision will extend to 13 districts.

When people had not seen water for days. The HC said that it was inhuman that breweries were guzzling the precious resource.