By Saturday morning, drought-hit Latur city will have received around 5 crore litres of water through the state-commissioned train which will have completed 27 trips.
Since April 12, Railways has been operating water trains to Latur city. A water train that carried 5 lakh litres of water went to Latur from Miraj on April 12. After supplying 45 lakh litres of water in nine days, on April 20, the capacity of the train was upgraded to 25 lakh litres. Since then, Latur has been getting 25 lakh litres of water daily, said a senior official from the chief minister’s office (CMO).
Despite this, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday had expressed unhappiness that he was receiving complaints from Latur about residents not getting water. He asked the Latur collector to resolve the issue as soon as possible. The state government is also planning to start another water train to supply water to neighbouring areas of Latur such as Udgir and others that are facing a severe water crisis. “We are in talks with railways for starting another water train. People from Udgir will get water from Nimna Dudhna dam situated in Parbhani district. The dam currently has around 40 MLD water,” said a senior officer from relief and rehabilitation department.
Meanwhile, opposition parties are pressuring the state government to waive off loans for farmers. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), on Friday, demanded the government should waive farmers’ loans completely instead of offering to restructure the loans. The demand was made by Ajit Pawar who is currently touring Marathwada. Pawar criticised the government, saying the lack of planning has worsened the situation. State Congress president Ashok Chavan will also start his tour from Saturday.