First Water Train for Drought-hit Latur Departs from Kota

The second goods train consisting of 50 wagons is expected to be ready for water loading around 15 April.

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Drought-hit Maharashtra (Photo Courtesy: Subrata Biswas/Greenpeace)

One of two goods trains carrying 50 tank wagons of water for drought-affected areas of Latur departed from the Kota workshop in Rajasthan for Miraj in Pune division today. The second goods train consisting of 50 wagons is expected to be ready for water loading around 15 April.

As per instructions from the Ministry of Railways, Kota workshop received two goods trains consisting of 50 tank wagons (BTPN) each for deployment in drought-affected areas of Latur during the summer season and the trips of the trains will be arranged as per the requirement.
Railway Release

The carrying capacity of these wagons is 54,000 litres of waters per wagon.

According to the release, the first BTPN rake was received on 26 March and the second on March 28 at Kota workshop and steam cleaning, sludge removal, de-scaling, de-greasing and then final cleaning of these wagons were undertaken to make them fit for transportation of drinking water.

Maharashtra government had said the Latur district in Marathwada region will get water by train within next 15 days.

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