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Latur Water Crisis: 50-Wagon Water Train to Leave From Sangli

The state government has decided to send trains filled with water from Vaarna Dam in Miraj, 8 km from Sangli town.

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Workers fill water in Central Railway train tanks to transport to drought affected Latur District from Miraj station near Sangli on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

Latur’s main source of water, the Manjara Dam, has been completely dry since February. The state decided to ease the water crisis by sending trains filled with water from the Vaarna Dam in Miraj. Trial runs have been on since Monday and now the inhabitants of Latur are anticipating the arrival of the first ‘real train,’ according to a report in The Indian Express.

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At Latur, workers have been racing against time to prepare for the “first real train”, when a 50-wagon train carrying 25 lakh litres is slated to roll into the station over the weekend. A group of labourers are drilling holes for inlet pipes into an 850-metre-long concrete pipeline.
We laid the pipeline early last week before the first trail run. Water from the wagons was emptied into this pipeline through rubber pipes connected to the inlet. We had made 10 inlet holes (for each of the 10 wagons), but now we are drilling more holes for 50 wagons. 
PV Patil, Executive Engineer, Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran 

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