In what is considered as the first-ever initiative to come to the aid of thirsty regions of the country, a special train carrying around five lakh litres of water has reached Latur in Maharashtra- which is facing worst-ever drought, this morning
The ‘water train’ with 10 wagons carrying water for Latur had left from Miraj in western Maharashtra at around 11 am yesterday and reached Latur at 5 am on Tuesday, taking 18 hours to traverse a distance of around 350 kilometres.
“The first batch of ten wagons, each with a capacity of around 50,000 litres, were filled with water at Miraj railway station in Sangli district,” said Chief spokesperson of Central Railway Narendra Patil.
As the train reached, local BJP leaders scrambled for taking credit over the temporary solution to the water crisis in the region. They sticked posters on the train that carried water to the parched region.
“People are so happy that some of them stayed back here in night just to see rail wagons,” said Shaikh Akhtar, Latur Mayor.
The district administration has acquired a huge well located near Latur railway station to store the water which will then be supplied to Latur town.
The second train consisting of 50 wagons is expected to be ready for water loading around April 15, a Railway official said earlier.
The carrying capacity of these wagons is 54,000 litres of waters per wagon.