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In pics: A ‘10-wagon’ respite for drought-hit Latur

The water train had left from Miraj in western Maharashtra at around 11am on Monday and reached Latur at 5am on Tuesday, taking 18 hours to traverse a distance of around 350 kilometres

india Updated: Apr 12, 2016 15:22 IST
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A special train carrying five lakh litres of water for the drought-hit Latur in Marathwada region, which is battling the worst drought ever, reached the destination after 18 hours on Tuesday morning.
A special train carrying five lakh litres of water for the drought-hit Latur in Marathwada region, which is battling the worst drought ever, reached the destination after 18 hours on Tuesday morning.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

A special 10-wagon train carrying about five lakh liters of water reached drought-affected Latur district of Maharashtra.

The water train had left from Miraj in western Maharashtra at around 11am on Monday and reached Latur at 5am on Tuesday, taking 18 hours to traverse a distance of around 350 kilometres.

A policeman stands guard near the train carrying water for Latur. (UDAY DEOLEKAR/HT Photo)

Government officials and citizens gathered at the Latur railway station to welcome the train.

The special ‘water train’ with 10 wagons at the Latur railway station. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

The water has been poured into a privately owned well acquired by the government near the railway station. From the well, the district administration will take the water to a purification centre in the city, from where it will be distributed using tankers or the existing distribution network.

The water has been poured into a privately-owned well acquired by the government near the railway station. (Anshuman Poyrekar /HT Photo)

The experiment, which had to be undertaken in the absence of a distribution system between Krishna Valley and Marathwada region, will come as relief to Latur residents.

The ‘water train’ took 18 hours to reach Latur from Miraj in western Maharashtra. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Officials pour water in a privately-owned well near the Latur railway station. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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