With Marathwada reeling under drought-like conditions, A ‘water train’ with 10 wagons carrying water for parched Latur in Marathwada region, which is battling the worst drought ever, on Monday left from Miraj in western Maharashtra. The train will be reached Latur later on Monday.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that, “50 Tank Wagons steam cleaned reached Miraj for Latur.” The second train is expected by 15 April 2016. Central Railway officials said water was being lifted from a jackwell in Miraj and pumped to a railway filtration plant. “From there, water is being being pumped into the wagons through an old pipeline system,” an official said.
Marathwada is reeling under severe drought with dams and rivers drying up leaving citizens with not even enough drinking water. The villages of this area get water at only once in every 10 to 12 days. Wagons are generally used to transform fuel and oil but this time it filled with water.
Railways plans to 50,000 litre in each wagon while the capacity of storing of each wagon is 54,000 litre of water. Latur district collector Pandurang Pole said that, “Currently, over 400 tankers are making rounds of Latur city daily and over 200 water tankers are deployed in rural areas. The water train will help us a lot. We have some water reserves that should last till the monsoon arrives.”
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “The state government along with the Railway Ministry is coordinating to ensure that water to Latur is provided immediately. The rail wagons have reached Miraj where drinking water is being filled. Almost 50 tanker wagons will proceed with water to Latur.”
Secretary of Indian Medical Association in Latur, Dr Kalyan Barmade said that, “he announcement of the train bringing water has come as a huge relief for Latur… people do nothing except look for water.”
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