Jaldoot Express, the water train supplying water to drought-affected Latur, in Marathwada, Maharashtra completed 100 trips on Friday. The train came as a savior for the parched city as thousands of citizens had no alternative means of procuring potable water.
The express, comprising 50 wagons, marked its 100th trip with a small function. Central Railway (CR) sources said they dispatched the 101st train from Miraj in Western Maharashtra.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted, “Jaldoot –water-carrying train reached Latur yesterday, on its 100th trip. Thank rain gods for showering Latur. Hope plentiful rains come.”
CR has been supplying 25 lakh liters of water from Miraj to Latur via the Jaldoot Express, in coordination with the district administration since April 11.
Initially, the train had only 25 wagons. It was first such experiment in Maharashtra used for supplying water to drought-affected areas. CR’s administration said they will continue to run the express till the district administration asks them to hand it over.