Water tankers prove a lifeline for India's parched villages
Water tanker to the rescue
Over the next two hours Dukre helps them empty the 12,000-litre (3,170-gallon) tank, providing a lifeline to this small community as India reels from one of its worst droughts in years.
Dukre is one of 37 drivers operating government-run water tankers in the area, which is situated around 100 kilometres (60 miles) from India's financial capital Mumbai.
The tankers run seven days a week between March and June, when water is at its scarcest in India.
Facing the drought
Almost half of India -- an area home to more than 500 million people -- is facing drought-like conditions because of deficient pre-monsoon rainfall, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
"There has been a scarcity of water for the past month," Pramila Shewale tells AFP as she carries a freshly filled pot of water on her head to her home.
"If it wasn't for the water tankers we would have to rely on the well, which would be very difficult," the 25-year-old adds.
Monsoon is late
Falling groundwater levels and poor irrigation techniques mean they are overly reliant on India's June-to-September southwest monsoon, which provides the country with most of its annual rainfall.
Three of the last five monsoons have been deficient and while the IMD is predicting a normal monsoon this year it is already a week late and that worries farmers.
Making the rounds
Every night he and his colleagues sleep in their vehicles where the tankers are lined up on wasteland beside a river.
They wake up at 3:00 am and fill the tanks with water from the dammed river nearby. They pour in chlorine and head to the parched villages.
They come back, fill up and head out again. Often Dukre doesn't finish his rounds until 7.30 pm.
"It's hard work but my heart feels good because I am helping people," he says.