Train Carrying 5 Lakh Litres of Water Reaches Drought-hit Latur
A special train carrying around five lakh litres of water for parched Latur in Marathwada region, which is battling the worst drought ever, reached its destination after 18 hours on Tuesday morning.
The ‘water train’ with 10 wagons carrying water for Latur had left from Miraj in western Maharashtra at around 11 am on Monday night and reached Latur at 5 am on Tuesday, taking 18 hours to traverse a distance of around 350 kilometres.
Narendra Patil, the chief spokesperson of Central Railway said:
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 15 April, a Railway official said earlier. The carrying capacity of these wagons is 54,000 litres of waters per wagon.
Meanwhile, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal offered to help the drought-hit Maharashtra.