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