Outstation students, especially those from Vidarbha, Marathwada and Khandesh now in the city for studying, prefer to stay back in the city during the holidays due to excess heat and water crisis back at their hometowns.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Satish Gore, a Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) student from Jalna district said the temperature in his village is higher than in Pune.
“In the month of May, the temperature is above 43 degrees Celsius. Moreover, there is a lot of water crisis in the area. Water supply is not regular and we have to depend on agriculture water for drinking purposes. In such a scenario, students like me prefer to stay here in the city instead of going back to our native village in Jalna,” said Gore.
A commerce student from SPPU, Satish Pawar, who is a native of Nanded district, said the water crisis in his village makes life difficult.
“We have to get water from three to five kilometres from the periphery of our village. To add to that is the soaring heat. The temperature in Marathwada is normally above 40 degrees Celsius with dry winds. The climatic conditions are unbearable and so I, and many others like me have decided to stay back in the city during the vacation rather going back home for holiday,” said Pawar.
Similarly, Leena Bhangale from Jalgaon district said while she is preparing for competitive examinations, she prefers to stay in Pune city. “The temperature and water crisis add to the stress of the examination. So I decided to stay here in the city and prepare rather than go back home,” said Bhangale.
Rising temperature in State
Vidarbha, Marathwada and Khandesh region in Maharashtra have witnessed temperature over 40 degrees Celsius this summer season.
On Friday, Chandrapur in Vidarbha recorded a maximum temperature of 47.3 degrees Celsius, which was also the highest temperature in the State.